Diagnostic Tests for the Evaluation of Pituitary Tumors

  • Ivor M. D. Jackson


Following the description of the technique of radioimmunoassay1 (RIA) and its application to the measurement of pituitary hormones, disorders of pituitary function could be diagnosed much more readily than before. The subsequent development of a specific RIA for human prolactin2 (PRL) has revolutionized our means of diagnosing pituitary tumors, for it has become clear that 50–80% of tumors that previously were categorized as inactive chromophobe adenomas actively secrete PRL.3


Growth Honnone Pituitary Adenoma Pituitary Tumor Pituitary Hormone Thyrotropin Release Hormone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivor M. D. Jackson
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Medicine, Division of EndocrinologyTufts-New England Medical Center HospitalBostonUSA

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