World Leaders in Pituitary Tumor Treatment
Receive world-class care for pituitary and skull base tumors and lesions at UPMC's Pituitary Center. Our surgeons' extensive experience with minimally invasive techniques attracts patients from around the world.
About Pituitary and Skull Base Tumors
A pituitary tumor — also called a pituitary adenoma — is an abnormal growth or tumor in the tissue of the pituitary gland.
Pituitary adenomas can lead to:
- Changes in hormonal balance
- Growth problems
- Nerve damage
Since pituitary and skull base tumors can affect hormones throughout the body, a number of tests may be necessary to make an accurate diagnosis.
Treatments for Pituitary and Skull Base Tumors
At UPMC, our neurosurgeons have the depth and breadth of expertise required to treat pituitary and skull base tumors.
Our team collaborates to seek the technique — or combination of techniques — that offers you the greatest opportunity for returning to normal life.
The preferred minimally invasive surgery for pituitary and skull base tumors is the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA), pioneered by UPMC surgeons.
EEA can offer benefits over open surgery such as:
- Minimal scarring
- Fewer side effects and complications
- Faster recovery
In addition to minimally invasive approaches, UPMC's neurosurgical team is trained and experienced in all traditional approaches to the brain, so they fully understand all of the options available to them.
This expertise allows our neurosurgeons to develop the best treatment plan for you.