Resection of pituitary tumors: endoscopic versus microscopic

Harminder Singh, Walid I. Essayed, Aaron Cohen-Gadol, Gabriel Zada, Theodore H. Schwartz

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Transsphenoidal microscopic pituitary surgery has long been considered the gold standard in surgical treatment of pituitary tumors. Endonasal endoscopic pituitary surgery has come into prominence over the last two decades as an alternative to microscopic surgery. In this review, we use recent literature to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach. Our review shows that for small intrasellar tumors, both approaches appear equally effective in experienced hands. For larger tumors with extrasellar extension, the endoscopic approach offers several advantages and may improve outcomes associated with the extent of resection and postoperative complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Neuro-Oncology
StateAccepted/In press - May 9 2016


  • Endonasal
  • Endoscopic
  • Microscopic
  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Skull base surgery
  • Transsphenoidal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology
  • Neurology

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