Pituitary Innovation and Teaching

Pituitary tumours: Types of tumours and symptoms

Other common pituitary diseases

  1. A Rathke’s cleft cyst is a pouch filled with fluid, and it sits inside or above the space where the pituitary gland is. If the pouch gets bigger, it can cause a loss of hormones, headaches or loss of vision. Surgery is usually the best way to take out the cyst and prevent further damage. You might need to have surgery if the cyst comes back.
  2. Pituitary apoplexy happens when any type of pituitary tumour gets suddenly bigger or bleeds. When a tumour gets bigger or bleeds, you may feel a lot of pressure in your head, have a sudden, severe headache, loss of vision or double vision. In rare cases, you may have altered consciousness and shock. It is important to go to the doctor right away if you feel this way if you have a pituitary tumour.


Page last updated: November 22, 2016