Can pituitary tumors cause seizures?

Extremely large pituitary tumors can even cause pressure on the brain, leading to seizures or blockage of the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid (a condition called hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain”).

How long can a dogs live with a pituitary tumor?

The outlook for dogs with pituitary-dependent Cushing disease is survival for about 2 years, with or without medications. Dogs treated with radiation or surgery may survive 2–5 years. Dogs that undergo surgery for a tumor on one of the adrenal glands may survive about 18 months.

Can a brain tumor cause seizures in dogs?

The most common sign of a brain tumor in a dog is seizures. Any time a new onset of seizures is observed in a dog 5 years of age or older, a brain tumor must be considered as a possibility. Additional signs of a brain tumor may include: Abnormal behavior/mental activity.

What is the pituitary gland responsible for in dogs?

The pituitary gland is a very important part of the endocrine system that regulates hormone production in many other glands. In dogs, the pituitary gland can fail to form properly, or it can be destroyed by a large tumor, injury, or infection.

Why is my senior dog having seizures?

Senior dogs are more prone to kidney and liver disease. As either of those organs fail, toxins build up in their blood stream. When these toxins reach the brain, seizures can occur.

How are pituitary tumors treated in dogs?

The most effective treatment for pituitary macroadenoma is surgical removal. Although pituitary tumors in humans are often treated surgically, this surgery is uncommon in animals due to cost and the difficult nature of the surgery. If surgery is performed, resolution of clinical signs is rapid and complete.

What are the symptoms of a tumor on your pituitary gland?

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Weakness.
  • Feeling cold.
  • Less frequent or no menstrual periods.
  • Sexual dysfunction.
  • Increased amount of urine.
  • Unintended weight loss or gain.