A tumor causes most pituitary disorders, and most of these tumors are benign or noncancerous. We’re not sure what causes pituitary tumors. But if you’re diagnosed with one, the Emory Pituitary Center is here to help.
Sometimes, we find a pituitary tumor by chance. This might be the case if you undergo an imaging test, such as an MRI or CT scan, for an unrelated reason. Some of these tumors never cause symptoms or need treatment. But others can grow large enough to compress your pituitary gland and affect how it functions. Symptoms may also result if a tumor presses on important structures in your brain, such as your optic nerve, or if it secretes hormones. Hormone-secreting tumors are known as functional tumors. They may be diagnosed with blood or urine tests. Tumors that don’t secret hormones are called nonfunctional tumors.
We offer a full range of nonsurgical and surgical treatments to address all pituitary conditions. Among the most common are: