How doctors detect pituitary tumors
Posted on Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 at 10:25 am by Williams Hart
Found below the base of the brain, the pituitary gland is considered the “master gland,” as it can control the hormonal production of other glands throughout the body. As such, any disorder involving the pituitary gland may result in metabolic and developmental defects, and may decrease a person’s overall quality of life.
Among the most common pituitary gland disorder is pituitary tumors, or benign growths that develop in the organ. Individuals experiencing signs and symptoms of pituitary tumors should get tested for diagnosis:
- Brain imaging – Computerized tomography (CT) scan and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to obtain an image of the brain
- Urine and blood tests – These tests are conducted to check for abnormal hormone levels, which may indicate the presence of a pituitary tumor
- Vision testing – Pituitary tumors may press against the nerves that affect eyesight
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