Pituitary Microadenomas Questions & Answers

Updated: Mar 23, 2018
  • Author: Bernard Corenblum, MD, FRCPC; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What are pituitary microadenomas?

How are pituitary microadenomas diagnosed and treated?

What is the pathophysiology of pituitary microadenomas?

What is the prevalence of pituitary microadenomas in the US?

What is the global prevalence of pituitary microadenomas?

What is the mortality and morbidity associated with pituitary microadenomas?

What are the racial predilections of pituitary microadenomas?

What are the sexual predilections of pituitary microadenomas?

Which age groups are at highest risk for pituitary microadenomas?

Presentation

What are the signs and symptoms of pituitary microadenomas?

Which physical findings are characteristic of pituitary microadenomas?

What causes pituitary microadenomas?

DDX

Which conditions should be included in the differential diagnoses of pituitary microadenomas?

What are the differential diagnoses for Pituitary Microadenomas?

Workup

What is the role of lab testing in the workup of pituitary microadenomas?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of pituitary microadenomas?

What is the role of vision field testing in the diagnosis of pituitary microadenomas?

Which histologic findings are characteristic of pituitary microadenomas?

How are pituitary microadenomas staged?

Treatment

How are pituitary microadenomas treated?

What is the role of surgery in the treatment of pituitary microadenomas?

Which specialist consultations are beneficial to patients with pituitary microadenomas?

Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of pituitary microadenomas?

Which activity modifications are used in the treatment of pituitary microadenomas?

Medications

What is the role of medications in the treatment of pituitary microadenomas?

Which medications in the drug class Dopamine agonists are used in the treatment of Pituitary Microadenomas?

Follow-up

What is included in the long-term monitoring of pituitary microadenomas?

Which medications are used in the treatment of pituitary microadenomas?

What are the possible complications of pituitary microadenomas?

What is the prognosis of pituitary microadenomas?

What is included in patient education about pituitary microadenomas?