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Pituitary surgery

Roman Rotermund, Till Burkhardt, Zaina Rohani, Roman Jung, Jens Aberle, Jörg Flitsch
OBJECTIVE: There is no ideal marker to identify residual tumor tissue after surgery in patients with acromegaly. The purpose was to elucidate if early postoperative hormone testing gives reliable information regarding complete resection of a GH-producing pituitary adenoma. DESIGN: Fourty-eight patients undergoing surgery for acromegaly from 04/2013-05/2014 were prospectively examined for random GH, IGF1, and GH levels after oral glucose tolerance testing (OGTT) in the early postoperative phase and on follow-up...
March 8, 2018: Growth Hormone & IGF Research
Lee A Zimmer, Norberto Andaluz
Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary tumors is an increasingly common practice. Little has been reported on the incidence and treatment of postoperative epistaxis in this population. The aim of this study was to analyze the incidence of postoperative epistaxis and formulate a treatment algorithm based on our experience. We performed a case series with chart review. A total of 434 consecutive patients who had endoscopic transsphenoidal pituitary surgery were identified between April 2006 and November 2013...
March 2018: Ear, Nose, & Throat Journal
Diana MacKay, Anna Nordenström, Henrik Falhammar
Context: Management of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH) involves suppression of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis using supraphysiological doses of exogenous glucocorticoids. This can pose a challenge, with Cushing's syndrome being a frequent complication of adequate suppression. Bilateral adrenalectomy, with subsequent replacement of glucocorticoids and mineralocorticoids at physiological doses, has been proposed as an alternative therapeutic strategy. Objective: To review the outcomes following bilateral adrenalectomy for CAH...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
Riccardo Draghi, Giovanna Mantovani, Letterio Runza, Giorgio Carrabba, Nicola Fusco, Paolo Rampini, Antonella Costa, Marco Locatelli
The authors present an unusual case of a patient suffering from visual deficit due to pituitary granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) associated with Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC). The patient was referred to our Neurosurgery Department presenting right eye amaurosis, third cranial nerve palsy, and left temporal hemianopsia. Magnetic resonance imaging documented a sellar or suprasellar lesion with solid and cystic components. The dura mater of the skull base was also strongly enhanced. The patient underwent surgery...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Hongbo Chang, Jianning Zhang, Weidong Cao, Yaming Wang, Hulin Zhao, Rui Liu, Shengli Guo
The present study evaluated drug distribution and clinical safety in treating patients with cystic craniopharyngioma (CP) with intracavitary radiotherapy using phosphorus-32 (32 P) colloid. In total, 40 patients who were recently diagnosed with primary or recurrent cystic CP were enrolled into the study. Patients underwent stereotactic intracavitary therapy and were administered32 P colloid and iopamidol-300 (1:1 dilution). Head computed tomography (CT) scans were performed 2 h after surgery in order to assess drug distribution and leakage...
April 2018: Oncology Letters
Nabeel Alshafai, Rodolfo Maduri, Mrigank Shail, Domenico Chirchiglia, David Meyronet, Francesco Signorelli
Hemangioblastomas (HBLs) are challenging vascular tumours with rare suprasellar location Surgery is recommended in patients with visual impairment, endocrine disorders or hydrocephalus. Surgical removal of pituitary stalk HBLs is challenging due to their location and high vascularity. Our narrative review was guided by the question: "what is the more suitable surgical approach to excise a suprasellar HBL?". Pertinent English literature was scrutinized from database inception to October 2016. Eighteen articles matched our selection criteria...
March 10, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
B A Kadashev, A N Konovalov, L I Astaf'eva, P L Kalinin, M A Kutin, I S Klochkova, D V Fomichev, O I Sharipov, D N Andreev
The pituitary stalk (PS) is a relatively thin bundle connecting the hypophyseal stalk to the pituitary gland; it consists of both axons of the hypothalamic nuclei (terminating in the neurohypophysis) and the system of portal vessels. Compression of the PS by a space-occupying lesion or its transection (forced or intended) during surgery may lead to the development of endocrine disorders: hypopituitarism, diabetes insipidus, and hyperprolactinemia. The modern literature lacks studies evaluating the severity of endocrine disorders depending on the PS condition before and after surgery...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Dimitrios Askitis, Damianos Tsitlakidis, Nicolle Müller, Albrecht Waschke, Gunter Wolf, Ulrich Alfons Müller, Christof Kloos
INTRODUCTION: We retrospectively evaluated all patients with pituitary tumours treated in our department from 1/1/1997 to 01/11/2014. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Two hundred and fifteen patients (124 females, 91 males, mean age 50.9 years) were treated because of pituitary tumours. All patients underwent basal hormonal analysis and when required dynamic testing in order to check for hormonal activity. Pituitary masses were divided into groups concerning their hormonal status and were further classified according to gender, age at diagnosis, tumour size, and the development of postoperative pituitary insufficiency when neurosurgical intervention was conducted...
March 12, 2018: Endocrine
Xiaopeng Guo, Lu Gao, Xiaodong Shi, Hailong Li, Qiang Wang, Zihao Wang, Wei Chen, Bing Xing
Objective: To investigate the preoperative body composition, metabolic characteristics, and postoperative changes in patients with active acromegaly and analyze the effects of gender and age. Methods: We included 36 patients with untreated acromegaly and 37 patients with nonfunctional pituitary adenomas. Adipose tissue (AT), the visceral fat index (VFI), sclerotin, protein, skeletal muscle, total body water (TBW), intracellular water (ICW), and extracellular water (ECW) were measured using bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA)...
2018: International Journal of Endocrinology
James Barger, Matthew Siow, Michael Kader, Katherine Phillips, Girish Fatterpekar, David Kleinberg, David Zagzag, Chandranath Sen, John G Golfinos, Richard Lebowitz, Dimitris G Placantonakis
Background: While effective for the repair of large skull base defects, the Hadad-Bassagasteguy nasoseptal flap increases operative time and can result in a several-week period of postoperative crusting during re-mucosalization of the denuded nasal septum. Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma resection is generally not associated with large dural defects and high-flow cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks requiring extensive reconstruction. Here, we present the posterior nasoseptal flap as a novel technique for closure of skull defects following endoscopic resection of pituitary adenomas...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Tigran Khachatryan, Marina Khachatryan, Ruben Fanarjyan, Mikayel Grigoryan, Arthur Grigorian
Background: Currently, transsphenoidal surgery (TSS) is the preferred method for surgical treatment of intrasellar pituitary adenomas. However, it carries some risk of intraoperative arterial injuries, which is mainly attributed to direct iatrogenic rupture of the internal carotid artery (ICA). There is anecdotal evidence suggesting that intracranial aneurysms are coincidentally found significantly more frequently in the setting of pituitary adenomas than when the incidence is compared to other intracranial neoplasms...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Fumihiko Nishimura, Young-Su Park, Yasushi Motoyama, Ichiro Nakagawa, Shuichi Yamada, Hiroyuki Nakase
BACKGROUND: Xanthomatous pituitary diseases rarely occur in childhood. We report a rare pediatric case of a xanthogranuloma that developed in the sellar region resulting in visual disturbance that was successfully treated by endoscopic endonasal surgery. CASE DESCRIPTIONS: A 13-year-old boy came to us with a headache and visual disturbance that had occurred 1 month prior. Clinical examination findings showed that he was alert with signs of bitemporal hemianopsia, an endocrinological examination showed partial hypopituitarism, and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed a cystic mass in the sellar turcica compressing the optic apparatus...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Yang Ji-Hu, Huang Guo-Dong, Ji Tao, Wang Hai-Dong, Liu Yu-Fei, Guo Jian, Li Zhen, Li Wei-Ping
OBJECTIVE: To explore the surgical methods and clinical effect of endoscopic endonasal approaches for the treatment of invasive pituitary adenomas(IPA). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the clinical data of 74 patients(75 procedures) with invasive pituitary adenomas treated by different endoscopic endonasal approaches at the Department of Neurosurgery, the First Affiliated Hospital of Shenzhen University from May 2014 to August 2017. The data include clinical manifestation, imaging features, surgical methods and complications, resection rate, cure rate, prognosis and complications in different Knosp classifications and Hardy stages...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Thierry Brue, Vincent Amodru, Frédéric Castinetti
With fewer than 200 reported cases, Cushing's syndrome (CS) in pregnancy remains a diagnostic and therapeutic challenge. In normal pregnancies, misleading signs may be observed such as striae or hypokalemia, while plasma cortisol and urinary free cortisol may rise up to 2-3-fold. While the dexamethasone suppression test is difficult to use, reference values for salivary cortisol appear valid. The predominant cause is adrenal adenoma (sometimes without decreased ACTH), rather than Cushing's disease. There are considerable imaging pitfalls in Cushing's disease...
March 9, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
Bin Tang, Limin Xiao, Shenhao Xie, Guanlin Huang, Zhigang Wang, Dongwei Zhou, Erming Zeng, Tao Hong
OBJECTIVES: Removal of recurrent or residual symptomatic craniopharyngiomas is more challenging than the primary surgery. The extended endoscopic endonasal (EEE) approach has been proposed an alternative surgical route for removal of various suprasellar tumors including craniopharyngiomas currently. In this study, we summarized the operative experience and described the feasibility and advantages of this technique in recurrent or residual symptomatic craniopharyngiomas. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective review of 15 patients (9 males and 6 females) whom underwent EEE approach between April 2012 and February 2017, were included in this study...
February 6, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Daniele Marchioni, Angelo Musumeci, Cristoforo Fabbris, Stefano De Rossi, Davide Soloperto
BACKGROUND: The clivus is a region characterized by complex anatomy, with vascular and neural structures that are located in close proximity. Different pathologies can affect this area, and traditional surgical approaches were open approaches. Recently, the endoscopic transnasal technique has been introduced, and currently represents a good alternative for the surgical management of these lesions. This is a preliminary report on patients treated endoscopically for clival lesions by the authors' Skull Base Team...
March 8, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Fuyu Wang, Jiashu Zhang, Peng Wang, Tao Zhou, Xianghui Meng, Jinli Jiang
The preservation of pituitary stalk during surgery is very important for neurosurgeons. Sometimes, it is hard to identify the pituitary stalk in the operation. The hypothalamo-hypophyseal tract (HHT) projects through the pituitary stalk to the posterior pituitary gland. If the HHT can be identified, the position of pituitary stalk will be visualized. The diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) fiber tracking technique has been widely used for the quantitative assessment of the white matter integrity and thus may be suitable for the evaluation of the HHT...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Ake Hansasuta, Siriwut Pokanan, Pritsana Punyawai, Wattana Mahattanakul
Introduction Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery (ETSS) for pituitary adenoma (PA) has been a recent shift from the traditional microscopic technique. Although some literature demonstrated superiority of ETSS over the microscopic method and some evaluated mono- vs. binostril access within the ETSS, none had explored the potential influence of dedicated instrument, as this procedure had evolved, on patients' outcomes when compared to traditional microscopic tools. Objective To investigate our own clinical and radiographic outcomes of ETSS for PA with its technical evolution over time as well as a significance of, having vs...
January 1, 2018: Curēus
Jiaqi Li, Jianwei Li, Shu Jiang, Ruichao Yu, Yerong Yu
RATIONALE: Thyrotropin-secreting adenoma (TSHoma) is rare, diagnosis and treatment are often delayed if the condition coexists with Hashimoto thyroiditis. The enlarged pituitary adenoma may eventually induce panhypopituitarism, infertility, or the compression of optic nerves and optic chiasma. PATIENT CONCERNS: This patient was a 36-year-old man who had been referred to the pituitary disease multidisciplinary team (MDT) of the West China Hospital, due to infertility...
January 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Elena Roca, Pier Paolo Mattogno, Teresa Porcelli, Luigi Poliani, Francesco Belotti, Alberto Schreiber, Filippo Maffezzoni, Marco Maria Fontanella, Francesco Doglietto
INTRODUCTION: Plurihormonal adenomas (PHA) represent 10-15% of all functioning pituitary adenomas. The most frequent hormonal association is represented by prolactin and growth hormone (GH). AIM: To describe a rare case of functional ACTH and GH microadenoma, together with a systematic literature review on PHA. METHODS: PubMed was searched using the terms "plurihormonal pituitary adenoma", "ACTH, GH pituitary adenoma", and "Acromegaly AND Cushing's disease"...
February 28, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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