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The transcolumellar transsphenoidal approach to pituitary tumours: advantanges and limitations.

Authors
  • Gendeh, B S
  • Sakina, M S
  • Selladurai, B M
  • Jegan, T
  • Misiran, K
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Medical journal of Malaysia
Publication Date
Aug 01, 2006
Volume
61
Issue
3
Pages
349–354
Identifiers
PMID: 17240588
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A retrospective review was performed on 11 patients who had undergone the transcolumellar transsphenoidal hypophysectomy in our center. There were eight females and three males with age ranging from 17 to 72 years (mean 50 years). Ten patients had pituitary macroadenomas and one had suprasellar cyst. The mean follow up duration for these 11 patients post surgery was 7.2 months. Complications included two cerebrospinal leaks, one postoperative sphenopalatine bleed, one septal perforation and one patient developed numbness of the tip of the nose. We found that this approach is a preferred alternative technique especially in smaller Oriental noses with lower complication rate and better aesthetic result.

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