Can radiation induce pituitary tumors? Giant prolactinoma after radiation exposure.

@article{Kurwale2008CanRI,
  title={Can radiation induce pituitary tumors? Giant prolactinoma after radiation exposure.},
  author={Nilesh Shaligram Kurwale and Faiz Uddin Ahmad and Gurudatt Satyarthi and Ashish Suri and Ashok Mahapatra},
  journal={Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia},
  year={2008},
  volume={15 11},
  pages={1287-8}
}
Radiation is a well-known etiology for many CNS tumors, including meningiomas, sarcomas and gliomas. However, occurrence of pituitary adenoma after radiation exposure is rare. We report a 21-year-old man with a pituitary adenoma, who was treated with post-operative radiotherapy for pontine glioma at 6 years of age. The role of radiation exposure in the etiology of pituitary adenoma is discussed, along with a literature review of radiation-induced tumors.