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Dilnawaz's story

In 2006, Dilnawaz Aziz was diagnosed with a benign tumour on her pituitary gland, which was causing her to lose her sight.

Dilnawaz’s six-monthly eye checks always resulted in the need for new glasses, but, by the end of 2005, she was experiencing very blurred, brown vision and was going blind. Tests showed a large, but benign, tumour on her pituitary gland, which had steadily affected her vision as it was so close to the optic nerve.

Barts and The London’s specialist endocrinologists and neurosurgeons fully assessed the tumour and, within a week of being referred, Dilnawaz underwent a non-invasive operation to remove it.

“Our specialist surgical team have particular expertise in using an endoscope and video camera to gain access to the pituitary through the nose and remove the tumour,” explains Consultant Endocrinologist Dr Will Drake.  “As the procedure is so minimally invasive, Mrs Aziz’s recovery was very fast and she was back at home within days.”

Although still slightly blurred, Dilnawaz’s vision is much improved. Her ongoing care involves regular visits to eye specialists and a six-monthly check on the pituitary gland.

“The doctors and nurses are all angels sent by God. All the staff are marvellous – I cannot find the words to thank them enough,” says Dilnawaz.

 “My only wish was that God would give me back my eyesight so that I can properly see my children again.”

What is the pituitary gland?

The pituitary gland is a small, oval-shaped gland found at the base of the brain, below the optic nerve, which leads to and from the eye. This gland produces hormones which control and regulate the other glands in the body – glands that are responsible for the body’s growth and metabolism.