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Pituitary incidentalomas 

Pituitary incidentalomas
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Pituitary incidentalomas
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Niki Karavitaki

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.2175
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date: 19 June 2019

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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