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MRI scan shows pituitary gland bulky for age. Possibility of pituitary tumor?

Hi doctor, I have just had a head MRI scan which indicated my pitiuiary gland appears bulky for my age - this was an incidental finding. I now have to wait anxiously for 6 weeks to see the endocrinologist to rule out pituiary tumour. My question is does having a bulky pituituary gland neccesarily means Its likely to be a tumour and if not, what are the effects of a bulky pituiary gland.
Asked On : Mon, 25 Mar 2013
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

It is not uncommon to find a bulky pituitary galnd on MRI. This is more so in younger women. This is due to the hormonal influence.

I would be surprised it it turns out to be a pituitary tumor, as I have seen hundreds of bulky pituitary glands on MRI and none of them developed a tumor.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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Answered: Tue, 26 Mar 2013
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