Susmeeta Sharma, MD, a neuro-endocrinologist who is an NIH-trained expert in evaluation and medical management for pituitary tumors and disorders.
A precise diagnosis is the first step to an effective treatment plan. Our team of physicians collaborates to reach an accurate diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan.
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Diagnosing Pituitary Tumors: Our Approach
It can be difficult to obtain an accurate diagnosis of a pituitary tumor, since the tumors are so complex and can affect so many different functions. At MedStar Pituitary Center, our strength is in our expertise and experience:
- Skilled radiologists: Our neuro-radiologists, the physicians who perform imaging scans, have specialized training and years of experience in identifying pituitary tumors. They will also analyze your postoperative imaging scans to help determine if the tumor will recur or not.
- Integrated care: Many experts are involved in discussing and analyzing the results of your tests. Our team works together, drawing on the expertise of many different specialists to confirm a diagnosis.
- Unique in the region: This collaborative, interactive care is unique to our center and gives us a depth of expertise not found in other facilities. Meet our team.
MedStar Pituitary Center: Evaluation
The first step in your treatment is a comprehensive evaluation. At your initial appointment with us, you will meet with a few different specialists, including our neuro-endocrinologist. Together, we will conduct a thorough assessment, including:
- Asking you about your medical history
- Performing a physical examination
- Asking you about your symptoms. Be sure to describe your symptoms in detail—nothing is too minor. Everything you tell us helps us to obtain an accurate diagnosis.
After this initial assessment, we will determine the specific diagnostic tests we need to do. You will meet with more members of our team at subsequent appointments.
Pituitary Tumors: Diagnostic Tests We Perform
After your initial evaluation, we will discuss with you the diagnostic tests we need to perform. Usually, these tests include:
- Blood and urine samples, which can detect excess (or lack of) hormone levels in your blood
- Dynamic blood testing, a more advanced blood test where we collect blood samples at certain intervals to measure changes in blood levels of hormones. This type of testing usually takes a few hours.
- Imaging scans, in order to get detailed, high-resolution images of your brain:
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Positron emission tomography (PET), less commonly used
Pituitary Tumor Treatment
Patients come to our center for many different reasons. You may have unexplained vision problems, an endocrinology disorder or perhaps frequent headaches. No matter what brings you to our center, you benefit from the expertise of all of our specialists: endocrinologists, neurosurgeons and neuro-ophthalmologists. Together, we collaborate to diagnose the condition and manage your care.
The high level of expertise and advanced care continues seamlessly from your diagnosis to treatment. Once we confirm the size and location of the pituitary tumor, we create a personalized treatment plan that offers you the best long-term outcome. Learn more about pituitary tumor treatments, including medication, neurosurgery and radiation therapy.