Disease at a Glance

Summary
A rare pituitary tumor characterized by the presence of a pituitary adenoma that has metastasized either within the central nervous system, or to distant sites. The vast majority of pituitary carcinomas are hormonally active, most frequently with ACTH or prolactin production. The most common clinical symptoms are diabetes insipidus, optic nerve dysfunction, anterior pituitary dysfunction, palsy of cranial nerves III, IV, or VI, and headaches, although patients may also be asymptomatic. The tumors behave aggressively, and prognosis is poor.
Estimated Number of People with this Disease
In the U.S., this disease is estimated to be fewer than

1,000

What Information Does GARD Have For This Disease?

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When do symptoms of this disease begin?
The most common ages for symptoms of a disease to begin is called age of onset. Age of onset can vary for different diseases and may be used by a doctor to determine the diagnosis. For some diseases, symptoms may begin in a single age range or several age ranges. For other diseases, symptoms may begin any time during a person's life.
Prenatal Selected
Before Birth
Newborn Selected
Birth-4 weeks
Infant Selected
1-23 months
Child Selected
2-11 years
Adolescent Selected
12-18 years
Adult Selected
19-65 years
Older Adult Selected
65+ years
The common ages for symptoms to begin in this disease are shown above by the colored icon(s).

Symptoms

These symptoms may be different from person to person. Some people may have more symptoms than others and symptoms can range from mild to severe. This list does not include every symptom.
This disease might cause these symptoms:
Endocrine System

22 Symptoms

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Endocrine System

The endocrine system is made up of a series of glands that produce and secrete hormones throughout the body, including the thyroid, pituitary, pineal, and adrenal glands, and the thymus, pancreas, testes, and ovaries. When endocrine glands produce too much or too little hormone, health problems such as weight gain, high blood pressure, and changes in sleep, mood, and behavior can occur. Disease of the endocrine can be diagnosed and treated by an endocrinologist.

Causes

This section is currently in development. 

Last Updated: Nov. 8, 2021