Transsphenoidal approaches to the pituitary: a progression in experience in a single centre.

Abstract:

BACKGROUND:Evolving of a single centre by means of different transsphenoidal approaches during the survey of methodological advances in pituitary surgery is presented. MATERIALS AND METHODS:Ninety-three consecutive patients with pituitary adenomas underwent transphenoidal pituitary operations at Gulhane Military Medical Academy from January 1996 to October 2007. Retrospective chart-based analysis of the surgical methods of transsphenoidal pituitary adenoma operations were done. Surgical methods were described. Outcomes and complications were presented. Attention is focused on the methodology of different surgical techniques of pituitary surgery. FINDINGS:During the evaluation period, 12 Sublabial approaches (1996-1998), 13 transseptal transsphenoidal approaches (1999-2000), 15 endonasal transsphenoidal approaches (2000-2004), 25 endoscopy assisted endonasal approaches (2002-2006) and 28 pure endoscopic endonasal approaches (2006-2007) were performed. CONCLUSIONS:Technologic advancements in endoscopy and gaining experience in pituitary surgery drives neurosurgeons toward less invasive approaches.

journal_name

Acta Neurochir (Wien)

journal_title

Acta neurochirurgica

authors

Duz B,Harman F,Secer HI,Bolu E,Gonul E

doi

10.1007/s00701-008-0135-y

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2008-11-01 00:00:00

pages

1133-8; discussion 1138-9

issue

11

eissn

0001-6268

issn

0942-0940

journal_volume

150

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