Causes and Symptoms Of Pituitary Tumor


In a patient with a pituitary tumor, pituitary tumor symptoms may vary and depends on many factors such as the type of tumor, its location, the size of a tumor and whether it produces hormones or not. Scientists do not know the exact cause of pituitary gland tumors; however, in the past few years scientists have made progress to identify changes in person’s DNA that can cause changes in cells of pituitary to produce a pituitary gland tumor. In case of most common types of pituitary tumor, the major symptoms of pituitary gland tumor include: menstruation problems, headaches, vision problems and loss of libido. Other pituitary tumor symptoms include high blood pressure, excessive eating and weight loss.

pituitary tumor symptoms

Pituitary gland tumor symptoms can be caused by hormones the pituitary tumor makes and the growth of the pituitary tumor. Sometimes pituitary tumor may damage the parts of pituitary gland as a result of which it stops making one or more hormones. As a result of this, following pituitary gland tumor symptoms may occur:

  • Loss of vision hair loss
  • Headache
  • Loss of facial hair in men, impotence and growth of breast tissue
  • Lower sex drive in men and women
  • Slowed growth and sexual development in children.
  • Fatigue
  • Cold intolerance
  • Weakness
  • Seizures
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Nasal discharge which is clear and watery

Most tumors that make FSH and LH do not usually make enough extra hormones to cause pituitary tumor symptoms. So, these tumors are said to be non- functioning tumors.


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