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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been diagnosed with a Pituitray Cyst after an MRI. Doctor wants to do another MRI in 6 months. I dont know what symptons I can expect othet than the doctor said it will effect my hormones mainly testostorone. Testostorone levels have been in normal range but my sex drive over the last year or so has been non existant. Any thoughts?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   53
Doctor :   May I know the reason why the MRI was done?
User :   Doctor wanted to make sure I did have a stroke. A few of my fingers went numb two weeks and they wanted to rule out a stroke. It was nerves in my elbow causing the numbness.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Do you have recurrent headaches?
User :   I can not remember the last time I had a headache.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Let me brief you.
Doctor :   Pituitary cyst are most often found incidentally.
Doctor :   Just as it did in your case.
Doctor :   Most of the pituitary cyst are benign and cause no symptoms
Doctor :   Some may produce headaches.
Doctor :   Few growing pituitary cyst can produce vision disturbances.
Doctor :   These are the commonest symptoms that are expected to occur.
Doctor :   Apart from being asymptomatic offcourse.
Doctor :   Symptoms of hypopituitarism is expected to happen in less than 30% of cyst( a benign cyst).
Doctor :   Based on your description, since the cyst is presently asymptomatic, and has been detected, the chance of being a benign cyst is likely.
Doctor :   Hence I do not expect you to have major problems.
Doctor :   Watching out for the growth of cyst is absolutely necessary, just as your doctor has pointed out,
Doctor :   Hypopituitarism can only be detected by blood test,
Doctor :   Hence, if you find your sexual desire is reduced, you can report to your doctor and get the testosterone levels and other hormone levels checked.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
User :   Yes, I had a bunch of blood drawn today so I am sure those tests are being run. Thank You and have a nice holiday.
Doctor :   Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
User :   No I think I am good.
User :   Thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now.
Doctor :   Wish you a happy christmas and newyear in advance.
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