Pituitary Tumor Symptoms

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Persistent headaches are a common symptom of a pituitary tumor.

People with a benign or cancerous pituitary tumor may have any or all of the following symptoms. These could also be the sign of other problems. A person who has any of these symptoms should see his or her doctor:

  • double or blurred vision

  • loss of ability to see out of the sides of the eyes (loss of peripheral vision)

  • sudden loss of sight

  • headaches

  • dizzy spells

  • loss of consciousness

Other symptoms can include nausea, weakness, unwanted weight loss or gain, loss of menstrual periods, impotence, and loss of interest in sex.

Pituitary tumors that affect hormones may cause a variety of symptoms, which are related to high hormone levels and production. These symptoms will be different in children than in adults. Growth hormone-secreting adenomas in children may cause:

  • rapid growth

  • pain in joints

  • excessive sweating

  • being very tall (known as gigantism)

Over several years, adults with growth hormone-secreting adenomas may experience the following symptoms:

  • increase in hat, shoe, or ring size caused by growth of skull, hands, or feet

  • deepening of voice

  • change in facial structure

  • joint pain

  • excessive sweating

  • headache

  • heart disease

  • diabetes

  • kidney stones

  • high blood pressure

Other more rare kinds of pituitary tumors cause other symptoms. It is important for anyone who is experiencing any unusual symptoms to see their doctor.

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