Pituitary Tumor Complications

Written by Julie M. Gentile
Reviewed by Daniel J. Toft MD, PhD

Although most pituitary tumors are benign (non-cancerous), some pituitary tumors do cause complications. You may be able to prevent these complications if you recognize the symptoms of a pituitary tumor and get treatment for it early on.

One of the most serious pituitary tumor complications is blindness. This can happen if a tumor puts too much pressure on your optic nerves. These nerves are very close to your pituitary gland. Not everyone who has a pituitary tumor will have vision problems, however. Tumor growth and vision loss usually happen very gradually.

Other potential pituitary tumor complications include:

These are just some of the possible symptoms and complications you may experience if you have a pituitary tumor, but many people with pituitary tumors don't experience any problems.

However, if you have been diagnosed with a pituitary tumor and you notice sudden, unusual changes in your health, you should ask your doctor if they could be related to your pituitary tumor. Getting proper treatment for your pituitary tumor can prevent complications from getting worse.

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