Transfrontal Surgery for Pituitary Tumors

  • Kalmon D. Post


The advantages and disadvantages of the transcranial route were outlined in the chapter on general considerations (Chapter 16). The primary disadvantages are the greater morbidity and mortality, the greater threat to vision, and the particular inability to adequately differentiate a microadenoma from the normal gland because direct visualization is not readily achieved. The mortality rates are generally higher than with the transsphenoidal procedures, with some reports ranging between 4.5 and 35%.1–10 The morbidity is also higher than with the transsphenoidal procedure and will be discussed under complications (Section 4).


Optic Nerve Pituitary Adenoma Pituitary Tumor Anterior Cerebral Artery Tumor Capsule 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kalmon D. Post
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Tufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryTufts-New England Medical Center HospitalBostonUSA

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