Pituitary apoplexy puts pressure on the pituitary gland and nerves, including nerves in the eyes. It can cause hormone deficiencies, as well as a sudden onset of symptoms, including:
First, you’ll meet with your doctor for a physical exam and to discuss your symptoms. Your doctor may then order imaging tests, such as an MRI or a CT scan. In addition, he or she will check your hormone levels, as well as your blood sugar and electrolyte levels.
Usually, surgery to remove the tumor can ease the pressure on the nerves and pituitary gland.
If you have pituitary apoplexy, your team of expert neurosurgeons may choose to perform the Expanded Endonasal Approach (EEA), which allows surgeons to access the pituitary gland through the nasal passages. Since there’s no incision required, you’ll recover faster and have a lower risk of complications than with traditional brain surgery.