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Pituitary incidentalomas

Niki Karavitaki

in Oxford Textbook of Endocrinology and Diabetes

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199235292
Published online July 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608232 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.2175

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Pituitary incidentalomas

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A pituitary incidentaloma is defined strictly as a ‘totally asymptomatic nonfunctional tumour, clinically and biochemically silent, which was discovered incidentally on a patient who is asymptomatic’ or, less strictly, a pituitary mass discovered in the course of evaluation for an unrelated problem (1, 2). Based on the second definition, the term incidentaloma may not be appropriate to many of these lesions, as an incidentally detected macroadenoma may still be clinically relevant.

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Subjects: Endocrinology and Diabetes

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