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, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 271–274 | Cite as

Craniopharyngiomas. Historical aspects of their management

  • Eleanor Roderick
  • Niki Karavitaki
  • John A. H. Wass
Historical note

Abstract

The history of the management of craniopharyngiomas offers a comprehensive review of the exciting progress in neurosurgery, neuroimaging, neuroendocrinology and radiation oncology during the last century. In this historical note, we present the evolution in management of these most challenging of brain tumours, which, despite the substantial knowledge and expertise gained since the first attempt of surgical removal, remains a subject of considerable debate.

Key words

Craniopharyngiomas Neuroendocrinology Neurosurgery 

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© Hellenic Endocrine Society 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleanor Roderick
    • 1
  • Niki Karavitaki
    • 1
  • John A. H. Wass
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Endocrinology, Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and MetabolismChurchill HospitalOxfordUK

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