What is a Pituitary Adenoma (Spinal Cord)?
Pituitary adenoma (Spinal cord) is a rare type of pituitary adenoma that arises from the pituitary gland but extends into the spinal cord. Pituitary adenomas are tumours that originate from cells in the pituitary gland, can be benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous), and can spread to other areas of the brain and spinal cord.
There is no well-known cause; however certain hereditary and genetic mutations along the trauma or accidental injuries to the spinal cord can lead to the development of pituitary adenoma of the spinal cord.
Signs and symptoms
The patient may suffer from the following signs and symptoms:
- Loss of side vision
- Double vision
- Weight gain
- Irregular menstruation
- Male infertility
- Difficulty in maintaining body balance between hot and cold temperature
The following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis:
- Imaging techniques like Chest X-ray, CT-scan, MRI, and PET scan to see the site, size, and extent of the tumour.
- Tumour biopsy (tumour biopsy to remove a small sample of tissue for histopathological examination)
- USG-guided fine needle aspiration cytology
- Blood tests to detect plasma prolactin, plasma thyroxin, Insulin-like growth factor 1, growth hormone, cortisol, and testosterone
Radiotherapy is the main treatment option for spinal cord tumours because it preserves the neurological functions of the spinal cord. Other treatment options are chemotherapy and surgical removal of the treatment.
What Support can we Give for Pituitary Adenoma (Spinal Cord)?
Pituitary Adenoma (Spinal Cord) is rare cancer, meaning it is not as well known as other forms of cancer. Without a Ribbon is an Australian organisation that provides support for individuals who suffer from rare cancers. So, we provide a designated platform for Warriors to obtain information specific to their Rare Cancer.Most importantly, we also provide annual opportunities for our Warriors to meet and learn from each other.
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