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Pituitary Adenoma

Benign Brain Tumor Treatments in Dallas

A pituitary adenoma is a tumor that grows on the pituitary gland, which is controls the release of hormones in the body. Most pituitary adenomas are benign. It is important, however, to have these tumors monitored in case they start growing erratically or putting too much pressure on the nearby structures.

Symptoms of Pituitary Adenomas

Pituitary adenomas can occur at any age and can cause a variety of symptoms.

Symptoms of pituitary adenomas include:

  • Headaches
  • Blurry vision
  • Abnormal growth of the hands and facial features
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Infertility and sexual dysfunction
  • Unexplained weight gain or weight loss
  • Easy bruising or unusual stretch marks on the skin
  • Abnormal hair growth
  • Early menopause

You will need to undergo an imaging test such as MRI or CT scan before a pituitary adenoma can be officially diagnosed.

Your Treatment Options

A combination of surgery and radiation therapy is usually used to treat pituitary adenomas. These tumors can often be removed with a minimally invasive endoscopic surgery known as the transsphenoidal technique. Using this method, the surgeon can access the tumor through a small incision made in the nose and sinuses.

At Methodist Moody Brain and Spine Institute, we employ cutting-edge techniques to treat malignant and benign tumors. Call us today at (214) 948-2076 to learn more.