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What genetic conditions can lead to pituitary gland tumors?

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Some genetic conditions may make pituitary tumors more likely, such as:

  • Carney complex: A rare genetic disorder that causes many noncancerous tumors
  • Familial isolated pituitary adenoma (FIPA): A rare condition that makes your body grow larger than normal)
  • Isolated familial acromegaly: similar to FIPA
  • McCune-Albright syndrome: A rare condition that causes abnormalities in your bones and skin
  • Multiple endocrine neoplasia, types I and IV: Disorders that can cause tumors in your glands

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Pituitary Adenomas.”

American Cancer Society: “Pituitary Tumors.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pituitary Tumors.”

UCLA Health: “Pituitary Adenomas.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute: “Pituitary Tumors Treatment (PDQ) -- Patient Version.”

KidsHealth: “Hormones.”

University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink: “All About Pituitary Adenomas.”

American Cancer Society: “Pituitary Tumors.”

Mayo Clinic: “Pituitary Tumors.”

UCLA Health: “Pituitary Adenomas.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on October 12, 2019

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