Pituitary microadenoma: Everything to know
A pituitary adenoma is tumors in the pituitary gland with diameters of less than 10 mm that don't spread beyond the skull.
The tumors are generally benign and slow growing. Hence they are non-cancerous.
- Treatable by a medical professional
- Requires a diagnosis by a medical professional
- Lab tests or imaging are always required
- Treatment can be done in various ways
The pituitary gland is located in the skull, below the brain and above the nasal passages. A tumor on it can press upon and damage the brain and nerves.
Ages affected - 0 -2 - Most Rarely; between 3 - 5 - rarely; 6 - 40 - commonly; 41-60 and above - most commonly
Diagnosed by a medical professional
Vision changes or headaches are symptoms. In some cases, hormones are also affected which interferes with menstrual cycles that cause sexual dysfunction.
People may experience:
Common symptoms: headache, inappropriate breast milk production, irregular menstruation, or vision disorder
A doctor should be consulted immediately if these symptoms start to appear. If severe symptoms start to appear, medical help should be availed right away.
Treatments may include medications and surgery in order to block any extra hormone. In some cases, radiation is also used to cure.
Dopamine promoter generally stimulates dopamine receptors in the brain and Steroid may be prescribed to modify or simulate hormone effects, often to reduce inflammation or for tissue growth and repair.
Looking for signs of improvement can also be done at first instead of taking action right away.
Transsphenoidal surgery can be performed through the nose in order to remove the brain tumors.
Hydrotherapy, Stretching, Physical therapy, and Acupuncture may also help.
For other kinds, consult a physician, Endocrinologist, Neurosurgeon, Primary Care Provider (PCP), and Ophthalmologist. At mfine, weâ€™re here to help you with different areas of health issues, come on board for a holistic treatment program.