Information for Patients with Pituitary Disorders

Having a pituitary tumor or disorder can be frightening. You might feel sick because your hormones are out of balance, or have severe headaches or vision problems. Your questions might include:

  • Will I need surgery?
  • Will I feel normal and function well again?
  • Will I take medication for the rest of my life?
  • How do I learn more about my disorder?

Pituitary Tumors Overview

Pituitary disease is most often caused by benign tumors called adenomas. These are either:

  • Functioning (making too much of one or more hormones).
  • Non-functioning (not making hormones, but possibly causing damage in other ways).

Most pituitary tumors are benign (non-cancerous). About 50 percent can be treated with medication. If you need surgery to remove a pituitary tumor, a qualified neurosurgeon (doctor specializing in surgery on the nerves and nervous system) can easily treat most pituitary tumors.

The OHSU Northwest Pituitary Center team has experts in pituitary tumor surgery and related conditions. We also have experienced endocrinologists.