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Additional Pituitary Tumor After Surgery

Question: How often do additional pituitary tumors develop in Cushing’s patients who have had a pituitary tumor successfully removed? Is there a time frame during which this occurs? Answer: “New” pituitary tumors very rarely occur in patients who have had a pituitary tumor removed. However, a recurrence (regrowth of a tumor in the same areaContinue ReadingContinue Reading

Cushing’s and Headaches

Question: Can Cushing’s syndrome or Cushing’s disease cause severe headaches? Answer: Headaches in a patient with Cushing’s Disease (a pituitary tumor) are usually related to the presence of the tumor. A headache may occur with either a microadenoma or macroadenoma. A microadenoma is < 10 mm and a macroadenoma is > 10 mm.Continue Reading

Dual Functioning Pituitary Tumor

Question: I was diagnosed with a large prolactinoma, started cabergoline and am now experiencing some symptoms that make me wonder if I could also have Cushing’s. Is it possible for a pituitary tumor to secrete both prolactin and ACTH? If so, what effect, if any, will the cabergoline have on testing for Cushing’s? Could theseContinue Reading

Growth Hormone Deficiency After Pituitary Surgery

Question: Should every patient who has had pituitary surgery be tested for growth hormone deficiency and how soon following surgery? Answer: Patients with macroadenomas (tumors greater than 1 cm), patients who have undergone transsphenoidal or other pituitary surgery, patients with loss of other anterior pituitary hormones, or patients who have had radiation therapy are atContinue Reading

Importance of an Expert Pituitary Surgeon

Question: I have Cushing’s Disease and my doctor insists that I travel to a major medical center to have surgery. Why is it so important to have an expert pituitary neurosurgeon? Answer: The success in curing a patient of Cushing’s Disease is directly related to the experience of the neurosurgeon. In other words, it isContinue Reading