Endocrine Community
Get answers. Share advice. Learn More

Pituitary Tumor Causes

Most pituitary tumors are benign (non-cancerous), and no one really knows for sure what causes most pituitary tumors to develop on your pituitary gland.

However, some pituitary tumors may be hereditary. A small number of pituitary tumors are caused by a rare genetic disorder called multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN 1). This endocrine disorder can lead to over-activity or enlargement of 3 different endocrine-related glands, including the pituitary gland.

If you have a pituitary tumor, your doctor may do a simple blood test to rule out MEN 1. But as far as non-hereditary pituitary tumors, the cause remains unknown. Scientists are unsure what causes the uncontrolled growth of certain cells that leads to a pituitary tumor.

What we do know is that pituitary tumors cause certain hormones to be produced excessively, such as growth hormone or thyroid-stimulating hormone.

Whether the cause of your pituitary tumor is unknown or MEN 1, there are several treatment options for pituitary tumors.

Continue Reading
Pituitary Tumor Risk Factors

Don't Miss Out! Get the FREE EndocrineWeb eNewsletter!

Sign up to receive treatment and research updates, news, and helpful tips on managing your condition.
close X