Pituitary tumors are complex, affecting many different functions of the body. Because of their delicate location (at the base of the brain) and the important functions they control (including growth, sexual function and metabolism), treating pituitary tumors requires a high level of skill and experience.
The specialists at MedStar Pituitary Center focus exclusively on treating pituitary tumors and other pituitary disorders, giving us a unique depth of expertise. Combined with our advanced technology, we deliver the comprehensive, effective care you need. Meet our team.
A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth that starts in the pituitary gland, located just below the brain. This gland is connected to the hypothalamus, linking the brain and the endocrine system, which is responsible for producing various hormones in your body. The pituitary gland is often called the “master gland” because the hormones it makes control the level of hormones made by the other endocrine glands.
These tumors can cause an excess of hormone production or they can restrict production, causing your body to produce lower levels. There are two parts of the pituitary gland:
Our team includes one of the only specialists in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in treating rare, complex posterior pituitary tumors. Thanks to this expertise, MedStar Pituitary Center is uniquely situated to handle any complications or problems relating to posterior pituitary tumors.
Part of the complexity in diagnosing pituitary tumors is that they can cause a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms vary widely depending on the type of tumor you have.
Patients may delay seeing a doctor because they mistake the symptoms as being related to another condition. That’s why it’s important to undergo diagnosis and treatment at a center dedicated to pituitary disorders.
These are tumors that may go unrecognized until they become large enough to compress nerves and other parts of the brain. Symptoms include:
So-called “functional” tumors are those that continue to secrete hormones, typically in excess amounts. Symptoms vary depending on which hormones are affected:
The first step in diagnosing your specific condition is to have an initial evaluation with one of our experts.
You may need to undergo imaging studies to aid in diagnosis. Neuro-radiologists who specialize in reading and interpreting imaging scans will perform your tests, usually an MRI and CT scan. Our team works together to make an accurate diagnosis so we can create an effective and personalized treatment plan for you.
Learn more about our approach to diagnosing pituitary tumors.
Because of their complexity, pituitary tumors do not have a single mode of treatment. Options include watchful waiting, medical management, surgery and radiation therapy. We monitor your progress during treatment to ensure the tumor is responding, and you aren’t experiencing any complications.
Find out more about pituitary tumor treatments at MedStar Pituitary Center.