Contemporary indications for transsphenoidal pituitary surgery

Brandon A. Miller, Adriana G. Ioachimescu, Nelson M. Oyesiku

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Objective To analyze current indications for transsphenoidal pituitary surgery.

Methods The current literature regarding transsphenoidal surgery for all subtypes of pituitary adenomas and other sellar lesions was examined. Alternate approaches for pituitary surgery were also reviewed.

Results Transsphenoidal surgery continues to be the mainstay of surgical treatment for pituitary tumors, and has good outcomes in experienced hands. Pre- and postoperative management of pituitary tumors remains an important part of the treatment of patients with pituitary tumors.

Conclusions Even as medical and surgical treatment for pituitary tumors evolves, transsphenoidal surgery remains a mainstay of treatment. Outcomes after transshenoidal surgery have improved over time. Neurosurgeons must be aware of the indications, risks and alternatives to transsphenoidal pituitary surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S147-S151
JournalWorld Neurosurgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

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  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Pituitary surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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