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What is a pituitary tumor?

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A pituitary tumor is a build up fluid or tissue that attaches to the pituitary gland . I have a 2mm, it has been there a couple of years but has not grown any. Since this gland produces hormones it has to be regulated very closely and make sure the tumor is not growing. This can cause severe mood swings,erratic behavior, weight loss, and bad swelling of the breast along with leaking dicharge from the breast.There is a meication to help control this.

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