Pituitary Tumors

This information is useful for children, adults, and older adults
A man with a pituitary tumor walks down a crowded sidewalk.

The pituitary gland is a pea-sized gland just below your brain that controls hormone production. These hormones help control growth, blood pressure, certain functions of sex organs, thyroid glands, and metabolism. Occasionally however, those functions can be disrupted when a tumor starts growing on the gland. And even though most tumors aren't cancerous, they can still cause serious health problems. 

At Yale Medicine, neurosurgeons, surgical endocrinologists, and neuropathologists come together to diagnose and treat pituitary tumors, using advanced diagnostic techniques and minimally-invasive procedures. “What is unique to Yale Medicine is that no one else in the country is doing detailed tests to determine which part of the gland is responsible for tumors,” says neurologist Dennis Dee Spencer, MD, director of the Yale Medicine Pituitary Tumor Program.