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BRAIN TUMORS


PITUITARY ADENOMA

Pituitary adenomas are benign tumors arising from the pituitary gland, a small but important gland in the middle of the head that produces several hormones that are essential to the body. Because of the location of the tumor, a patient with a pituitary adenoma must have his or her hormone levels checked and any abnormalities corrected. Pituitary adenomas may also affect vision and urination, the latter condition called “diabetes insipidus” wherein the patient urinates a lot.

Larger pituitary adenomas are treated with surgery. The surgery may be performed through the nose (endonasal transphenoidal) or through the skull (transcranial), depending on several factors. The neurosurgeon usually works jointly with an endocrinologist in these cases because abnormalities in hormone levels may occur.

 
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