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Q. Is pituitary adenoma life-threatening?

Answered by
Dr. Chandan Mohanty
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 27, 2017

Hello doctor,

I got an MRI done due to severe headaches, and I was diagnosed with pituitary adenoma. So, I consulted a neurosurgeon, who suggested some scans. Everything was normal according to him. He later said that the tumor is tiny almost 1 cm, and he asked me to wait and see. If any problem persists, then he will see later. But recently, I am having mild headaches and fear that it may turn into a big problem. Kindly suggest what to do.

Dr. Chandan Mohanty

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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

  • If the tumor is smaller than 1 cm and all your hormonal tests are normal, then serial observation is the preferred treatment. In these cases, no surgery is needed.
  • Mild headaches may not be related to the adenoma. Kindly follow the advice of your treating neurosurgeon.

Best wishes.

For more information consult a neurologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist


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Thank you doctor,

Is this condition serious? I mean, is it life-threatening or cancerous?

Dr. Chandan Mohanty

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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

  • This is a benign mass and is non-cancerous. Best wishes.

For further queries consult a neurologist online --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist


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