Pituitary macroadenoma: Is anyone familiar with Apathy Syndrome?

Posted by medfordor @medfordor, Sep 14 5:54pm

I had a pituitary macro adenoma removed 10 years ago and I have developed a severe case of apathy, both in my personal and professional life. I cannot focus or concentrate at work and I have not motivation to either work or pursue my former leisure interests. I have seen some studies on this, but never met anyone that knows anything about it.

Hi @medfordor, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I added your question to the Brain Tumor group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/brain-tumor-support-group/) as well as the Endocrine System group. I think fellow members like @daphne2020 @astaingegerdm @rubyjane @gemttaz and others may have experience with the side effect of apathy after surgery. Here are some additional related discussions you may wish to review.

– Saying Hello! Just had surgery for a pituitary tumor https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/saying-hello-1/
– Pituitary microadenoma causing hormonal issues https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pituitary-microadenoma/
– Pituitary macroadenoma tumor removal and short term memory loss https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pituitary-macroadenoma-and-short-term-memory-loss/

@medfordor, you said your surgery was 10 year ago. Has apathy always been a side effect since then or is it a more recent development?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @medfordor, welcome to Mayo Clinic Connect. You'll notice that I added your question to the Brain Tumor group (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/brain-tumor-support-group/) as well as the Endocrine System group. I think fellow members like @daphne2020 @astaingegerdm @rubyjane @gemttaz and others may have experience with the side effect of apathy after surgery. Here are some additional related discussions you may wish to review.

– Saying Hello! Just had surgery for a pituitary tumor https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/saying-hello-1/
– Pituitary microadenoma causing hormonal issues https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pituitary-microadenoma/
– Pituitary macroadenoma tumor removal and short term memory loss https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/pituitary-macroadenoma-and-short-term-memory-loss/

@medfordor, you said your surgery was 10 year ago. Has apathy always been a side effect since then or is it a more recent development?

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Thank you mod Colleen! My apathy has become more noticeable in the past five years. I though maybe I was just bored at work and at home – my doctors thought it was depression, but 4 years of varying antidepressants had no effect. It was only recently I read an article in the Journal of Neuropsychiatry about apathy in pituitary surgery patients that I recognized all my symptoms.

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