Tests your doctor may conduct to diagnose a pituitary tumor include:
- Blood and urine tests. Tests of your blood and urine samples can determine whether you have an overproduction or deficiency of hormones.
- Brain imaging. A computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of your brain can help your doctor judge the location and size of a pituitary tumor.
- Vision testing. Such tests can determine if growth of a pituitary tumor has impaired your sight or peripheral vision.
In addition, your doctor may refer you to an endocrinologist for more extensive testing.
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