benign, slow growth, compression of adjacent structures, extension along lines of least resistance
What are the 2 types of pituitary adenomas?
functional (hormone-producing), non-functional
Are functional or non-functional pituitary adenomas more difficult to diagnose?
non-functional are more difficult to diagnose and worse prognosis because they don't show clinical signs until they are huge
A functional chromophobe adenoma derives from ___________ and is located in the _____________; it causes hypersecretion of _________, leading to __________; the syndrome associated with this is ____________.
pituitary corticotrophs; pars distalis/intermedia; ACTH; adrenal cortex hyperplasia; Cushing's disease
A non-function pituitary adenoma is a potential cause of ___________; it causes it's worst effects due to being a ___________.