HEADLINE: PITUITARY TUMORS
ANCHOR LEAD: A CERTAIN TYPE OF BRAIN TUMOR MAY BE MORE COMMON THAN ANYONE THOUGHT, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
The pituitary gland sits on the base of the brain and controls almost all the body’s hormones. Roberto Salvatori, director of the pituitary tumor center at Johns Hopkins, says new information reveals that these tumors occur more often than anyone suspected.
SALVATORI: There has been a very recent study performed by a cooperative group in Europe, in different European countries, which seemed to show that clinically significant pituitary tumors are much more common than we used to think. And the average prevalence of clinically significant tumors in those countries is about one in 1400 individuals. If you go and perform autopsies or MRI studies in nonselected adults, you’ll find that about 10% of them had a pituitary tumor that was not giving them any problem. :29
Salvatori says many pituitary tumors can simply be watched to see if they are causing problems and may not require any intervention. I’m Elizabeth Tracey reporting.