Causes and Risk Factors
The cause is unknown. Some tumors have been associated with changes in DNA. These can be inherited.
Tumors can also be a result of exposure to cancer causing substances. In some cases the DNA changes may occur for no known reason.
Factors that increase your chance of pituitary adenoma include
- A family or personal history of multiple endocrine neoplasia.
- Type 1 (MEN1) -a hereditary condition that increases the risk of developing pituitary.
- Hypothalamus and parathyroid tumors.
Copyright © 2009 EBSCO Publishing
All rights reserved.
Swedish Pituitary Center550 17th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Map & Directions
Diagnosed with a pituitary tumor?
Many treatments offer long-term solutions.
Need a second opinion?
Watch and learn
In a series of 8 videos, Dr. Mayberg discusses pituitary tumors and their treatment.
What to expect during your hospital stay
Take a personalized interactive tour, click here.