Understanding Pituitary Tumors

An accomplished, board-certified neurosurgeon, Dr. Ilyas Munshi treats patients with pituitary tumors and other serious neurological conditions at his private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. In most cases, pituitary tumors are noncancerous growths that stay confined to the area in and around the pituitary gland. Although they don’t spread or behave like a cancer might, benign tumors often cause illness and a variety of symptoms. For this reason, some patients may require neurosurgery performed by a trained professional like Dr. Ilyas Munshi to extract or otherwise treat the tumor.

Pituitary growths give rise to several different types of symptoms. Symptoms linked to pressure include nausea, headaches, weakness, and loss of peripheral vision. Hormone-secreting tumors produce excessively high or low levels of certain hormones that regulate vital functions and cause various symptoms, depending on the type of hormone involved. For example, tumors that secrete andrenocorticotropic hormones produce symptoms ranging from high blood pressure to facial roundness. Other types of hormone-secreting tumors cause misaligned teeth, lack of menstrual periods, and weight loss. Patients experiencing such symptoms should consult an endocrinologist for a precise diagnosis and treatment.

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