Pituitary Tumours

The pituitary gland is a brain organ the size of a pea. Pituitary tumours are usually harmless. They can’t spread to other parts of your body, and you’re safe from them. The pituitary gland may produce too few or too many hormones as a result, resulting in health issues.


A pituitary tumour may be present if three or more of the symptoms listed below are present:

  • Vision problems
  • Headaches in the forehead area
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Weak sense of smell
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Growth issues
  • Osteoporosis
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Unjustifiable weight loss
  • Quick bruising
  • Joint pain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Disrupted menstruation
  • Early menopause
  • Muscle weakness


Your health care provider may order blood and urine tests, CT scan, MRI, or biopsy to diagnose the tumour.


Treatment may include surgery, radiation therapy, or medication.

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