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Old 05-27-2008, 01:04 PM   #1
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Question Pituitary tumor question

I had an MRI back in September of last year. I now have symptoms of concer and my doctor gave me a blood test to measure my Prolactin. I don't have the results yet, but my question is would a brain MRI in September have caught a pituitary tumor? How fast do they grow? Thanks

 
Old 05-27-2008, 01:47 PM   #2
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Re: Pituitary tumor question

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I had an MRI back in September of last year. I now have symptoms of concer and my doctor gave me a blood test to measure my Prolactin. I don't have the results yet, but my question is would a brain MRI in September have caught a pituitary tumor? How fast do they grow? Thanks
somtimes the tumors are to small to see with an MRI. They can grow fast like any other tumor.

 
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:56 PM   #3
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Re: Pituitary tumor question

I've had a brain MRI every year since 2000. My tumor was only found this year when the doctor added to look for it on the script.

 
Old 05-29-2008, 07:59 AM   #4
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Re: Pituitary tumor question

I was lactating in 1992. I had an MRI in 1992 that saw a 5-6mm adenoma on the left.
They treated me with medications despite telling me that my levels were too low and that I COULD NOT HAVE A PROLACTINOMA.
My levels dropped to normal, doctors got smug, I progressively got sicker and sicker and sicker and sicker and sicker...
I kept having MRIs and the adenoma of the left kept changing sizes.
In 2004, the MRI (now a new technique - dynamic) showed the adenoma on the left was a shadow, but now there was an adenoma on the RIGHT!
I had surgery.
The one on the left - CUSHING'S - hyperplasia - now impossible to remove and I am disabled
The one on the right - PROLACTINOMA - hah! hid there for at least 12 years!

So, tell me, how accurate are MRIs? BTW if you get a surgeon to read the film, they *may* find more than a radiologist (who by the way still see my adrenal glands that were removed...)

Also know that MRIs take 3mm cuts so if your tumor is that small or if you just happen to be in the wrong place for it to take the wrong cut... well... but it can still be an active tumor - so rely on the lab work, not the MRI.

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