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Pituitary Tumor Diagnosis

Pituitary tumors can be difficult to diagnose, particularly in the early stages. In fact, many pituitary tumors go undiagnosed for many years. Blood tests used to diagnose pituitary tumors can be complex, and they require special expertise. Our specialized endocrinologists and neurosurgeons are among the most skilled and experienced in diagnosing pituitary tumors. 

If you have symptoms that may signal a pituitary tumor, your doctor will examine you and ask you questions about your health and your family history.

One or more of the following tests may be used to find out if you have a pituitary tumor and how large it is. These tests also may be used to find out if treatment is working.

  • Blood tests
  • Urine tests
  • Saliva tests
  • Specialized testing that requires frequent sampling of the blood, saliva and/or urine
  • Imaging tests, which may include:
    • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans
    • CT or CAT (computed axial tomography) scans

Why Choose MD Anderson?

  • Treatment for pituitary cancer and benign pituitary tumors
  • High level of experience with complex pituitary tumors
  • Team approach includes highly experienced specialists
  • Most advanced diagnosis and treatment methods
  • Clinical trials of new treatments for pituitary tumors

Why Choose MD Anderson?

Treatment at MD Anderson

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Getting a Second Opinion at MD Anderson

The experts in the Pituitary Tumor Program at MD Anderson are highly specialized in diagnosing every type of pituitary tumor. We welcome the opportunity to provide second opinions for pituitary tumors.

If you would like to get a second opinion at MD Anderson, call 1-877-632-6789 to make an appointment or request an appointment online.


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