Diagnosis and Treatment of Pituitary Tumors

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A doctor will perform a physical examination to clarify how do diagnose if pituitary tumor is cancerous. How hard is to diagnose a pituitary tumor depends on the diagnosis by health care provider. For pituitary tumor treatment, doctor will note any problems regarding visual field and double vision like a loss of peripheral vision or the ability of a person to see in certain areas. A careful diagnosis of pituitary tumor will lead to a better pituitary tumor treatment. Doctors may recommend natural pituitary tumor treatment.

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Endocrine function tests include:

  • Cortisol levels
  • Dexamethasone suppression test
  • Urine cortisol test
  • Insulin growth factor-1 (IGF) levels
  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) levels
  • Luteinizing hormone (LH) levels
  • Serum prolactin levels
  • Thyroid hormone levels
  • Free T4 test
  • TSH test
  • Testosterone

Tests that help and confirm the diagnosis include:

  • MRI of head
  • Formal visual field testing

Pituitary tumors are usually not cancerous and cannot spread to other areas of the body. However, with growth they may exert pressure on vital blood vessels and nerves. Pituitary tumor treatment requires pituitary tumor surgery to remove the tumor. Pituitary tumor surgery becomes essential in the case if tumor presses optic nerves which can cause blindness.

Pituitary tumors, in most cases can be removed through nose and sinuses. However in some cases the pituitary tumors cannot be removed in this way and the only way is to remove them via skull. Pituitary tumor treatment also involves radiation therapy that shrinks the tumor. It can be used in combination with surgery or without surgery.

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