Learning About Pituitary Gland Tumors


Pituitary Gland Tumors pic
Pituitary Gland Tumors
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Dr. Ilyas Munshi got his medical degree from Rush College in Chicago and completed his residency in neurosurgery through the prestigious University of Chicago program. Having been named one of Newsweek’s 2011 list of leaders in neurosurgery, Ilyas Munshi specializes in spine and peripheral nerve surgery and he has a special interest in treating tumors on the pituitary gland.

The pituitary gland controls many of the body’s functions, including metabolism, bone growth, melanin production in the skin, sperm production, and menstrual cycle regulation. While pituitary gland tumors are part of the endocrine system and are not technically brain tumors, they are located so close to the brain that treatment usually involves both a neurosurgeon and an endocrinologist.

Most pituitary gland tumors are benign, and appear to be related to hereditary risk factors rather than any environmental cause. The commonest treatment for these types of tumors is brain surgery to remove the tumor, but depending on the patient and other factors, radiation or hormonal drug therapy may also be effective.


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