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An overview of Pituitary Gland Tumors

Healthcare Providers and Researchers 

An overview of Pituitary Gland disorders 

Courtesy of the Pituitary Network Association 

Pituitary disorders are considered rare diseases and they present in nonspecific ways. Pituitary disorders can masquerade themselves as headaches, osteoporosis, sexual dysfunction, mental illness, infertility, or growth disorders. In addition their manifestations can take several years to show. Therefore most General Practitioners (GPs) have limited experience of these conditions. GPs and specialists in many disciplines need to be aware of the signs and symptoms suggestive of a pituitary adenoma. They are often the first people to come into contact with these patients. With little exposure to symptoms, signs, co-morbidities or the adequate use of diagnostic tests, a patient can often be misdiagnosed. This leads to delayed interventions results in a decreased quality of life. Obviously, patients need to be diagnosed and treated as early as possible to prevent complications.

The goal of the Alberta Pituitary Patient Society is to improve public  and healthcare practitioner awareness of pituitary disorders. Awareness is the first step in helping physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and researchers better advocate for their patients and stakeholders. Knowledge is power.