Pituitary Tumor Symptoms

Symptoms can vary quite a bit. It will depend on whether or not the tumor is secreting hormones. The tumor's location at the base of the brain can also cause symptoms.

General symptoms may include:

  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Impotence and infertility
  • Painful intercourse

Symptoms from Prolactin Secreting Adenoma (40% of all cases)

  • Fractures from osteoporosis
  • Milk production from nonlactating females
  • Amenorrhea
  • Vaginal dryness

Symptoms from Thyrotropin-secreting Adenoma

  • Enlarged thyroid (e.g. goiter)

Symptoms from Corticotropin-secreting Adenoma:

  • Menstrual disturbance
  • High blood pressure
  • High fasting glucose
  • Skin changes (increased facial hair, acne, bruising, bluish stretch marks
  • Buffalo hump (increased fatty tissue in back)
  • Obesity especially around the wrist
  • Round face

Growth Hormone-secreting Adenoma

  • Acromegaly (adult)
  • Gigantism (child)
  • High blood pressure
  • High fasting blood sugar
  • Facial features coarse
  • Oily skin
  • Excess sweating

Pituitary adenomas may also be associated with the following conditions:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Kidney stones
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thyroid disease

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