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, endocrinologists, neuro-ophthalmologists, ear-nose-and-throat (ENT) surgeons, and neuropathologists come together to diagnose and treat pituitary tumors, using advanced diagnostic techniques and minimally-invasive procedures. "We have all of the necessary subspecialties to act as a unit, and on top of that, our capabilities in the operating room are advanced," explains Yale Medicine neurosurgeon Sacit Bulent Omay, MD. "We have an intraoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system so we know during surgery what we achieved."