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Healthcare: Neurosurgery

Pituitary Center

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Conditions Treated

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The pituitary gland lies at the base of the skull, between the brain and the paranasal sinuses. From this location, it serves a critical link between the brain and the body. It is the master controller for many of the hormones that profoundly influence our well being.

The Pituitary Center at Baylor Medicine treats a wide variety of conditions affecting the pituitary gland, including:

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Treatment for Pituitary Disorders and Tumors

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Non-Surgical Treatment

Although surgery is often the first line of treatment for pituitary adenomas, there are categories of functional adenomas that may respond well to treatment with medicine that often can shrink the tumor and normalize hormone secretion. Our multidisciplinary team is highly focused on pituitary disorders and we are experts in established and cutting-edge medical therapies allowing us to have a personalized approach to treatment for each patient. Members of our team are involved in multinational clinical trials aimed at developing new therapies for pituitary tumors. We also have expertise in CyberKnife® radiosurgery, a minimally invasive techniques that can effectively treat tumors without surgery or hospitalization.

Surgical Treatment Options

The Pituitary Center offers minimally invasive endoscopic pituitary surgery for pituitary and skull base tumors. Our team is highly experienced with purely endoscopic approaches which use natural pathways through the nose to achieve excellent surgical results without an incision.

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Pituitary Partner Program

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The Pituitary Partner Program at Baylor Medicine pairs new patients with former patients whose conditions and therapies are similar. There is no cost to participate in the program. It is simply our way of making sure patients feel assured, informed and supported throughout the entire experience.

Consent forms are signed by all participants before any contact information is shared. Once a match is made, the volunteer will be notified of a new patient's interest. We then share contact information with both individuals and communication is arranged by the participants.

To participate, please email pituitarycenter@bcm.edu

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Patient Stories

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Lorne Montgomery: The Brainpower to Give a Pilot Back His Wings

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Lorne Montgomery began flying when he was 17 years old. In his early 30s, he began working for commercial airlines. As he neared 50, his vision began declining and he was subsequently diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Read his story of survival