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Pituitary Tumor Symptoms

Growth Hormone-Producing Tumors

Growth hormone-producing tumors in young children can boost growth excessively so that, if not treated, the children can grow unusually tall.
In adolescent children who have gone through puberty and whose bones have stopped growing, excess growth hormone can cause enlargement of the feet, hands, lips, nose, and jaw -- a condition referred to as acromegaly. It also can cause increased perspiration and fatigue, a widening of the spaces between the teeth, furrows in the forehead, and weakness in the hands.
Other pituitary tumor symptoms seen with growth hormone-producing tumors include:

When Nearby Parts of the Brain Are Affected by a Pituitary Tumor

Additional pituitary tumor symptoms can occur if the tumor grows large and presses on nearby parts of the brain. For instance, pituitary tumors may press on the optic nerve, causing problems with vision.
People should see a doctor if they experience possible symptoms of a pituitary tumor, such as:
  • Headaches
  • Problems with vision
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness.

Final Thoughts

The symptoms discussed in this article are not always sure signs of a pituitary tumor. Other conditions can also cause these symptoms. If you or your child is experiencing any of these possible symptoms of a pituitary tumor, visit your doctor so that the problem can be diagnosed and treated as quickly as possible.
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