Pituitary Tumours

What is the pituitary gland?

The pituitary gland is a small gland situated at the base of the brain between the eyes. It is responsible for producing and regulating numerous hormones within the body.

 

What are pituitary tumours?

Pituitary tumours are abnormal growths of the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is responsible for producing hormones that regulate sexual maturation, reproduction, thryoid and kidney function. These tumours are usually benign, but as they grow larger may produce pressure symptoms on the structures that surround the brain.

 

What are the symptoms?

Some symptoms include loss of vision, headaches, irregular heartbeat, seizures and weight gain among a range of others.

 

How can it be treated?

Depending on the nature of the pituitary tumour, this can be done with the use of a minimally invasive surgery whereby the surgeon accesses the tumours through the nasal cavities using specialised cameras and equipment, using medication or radiation therapy.