How Do You Treat A Pituitary Tumor?
The pituitary gland is a bean-shaped gland located at the base of the brain. This gland produces hormones that are responsible for growth, reproduction and blood pressure. Pituitary tumors are abnormal growths that develop in the pituitary gland. These tumors can produce excess hormones (functioning tumors) or cause a decrease in the amount of hormones produced (nonfunctioning tumors). Know when to seek medical attention. Watch for symptoms such as headache, vision changes, seizures, hair loss, cold intolerance, constipation, nausea, low blood pressure and unexpected weight change. Determine the cause of the tumor with the help of a physician. The tumor may be pressing on certain tissues to cause a loss of function in certain areas, such as on an optic nerve to cause a loss of vision. Obtain a blood test to discover an overproduction or underproduction of hormones. Find out about other diagnostic tests, such as brain imaging, bone imaging and vision testing. Consult an endocrinologist