Pituitary Tumors

The pituitary gland is a hormone producing gland located in the base of the brain. It is often referred to as the control center for the endocrine system. It secretes many hormones which control the function of other hormone secreting glands in the body. Symptoms assoicated with an abnormally functioning pituitary gland in adults may include, visual disturbances, headaches, enlargement of the face, hands and feet, easy bruising, menstrual abnormalities in women and sexual dysfunction in both sexes.

Tumors of the pituitary gland may be found incidentally on a brain scan, or may be discovered following a evaluation for the above symptoms. These tumors may or may not be hormone producing. They may cause problems by virtue of their size or through inappropriate hormone production. A small tumor found incidentally, should be evaluated for inappropriate hormone production.

Treatment options are tailored to each individual and include medicines , brain surgery or watchful waiting. Our physicians will work in close collaboration with neurosurgeons, both here in New Mexico and in other centers, who specialize in pituitary surgery, in order to ensure the best possible outcome for you.