Pituitary tumors are an abnormal growth of cells in the pituitary gland. In this series of articles, you will learn about the different types of pituitary tumors, and common symptoms seen with these tumors. You will also learn how doctors test for and diagnose pituitary tumors.

What is a pituitary tumor?

A pituitary tumor is an abnormal growth of cells in the pituitary gland. The pituitary gland is a pea-sized gland located at the base of the brain behind your nose. It controls many other glands in your body and the amount of hormones that these glands make.

Did you know?

The word tumor does not always mean cancer. Most pituitary tumors are benign (non-cancerous).

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