Presentation and surgical results of incidentally discovered nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas: Evidence for a better outcome independently of other patients' characteristics

Marco Losa, Carmine A. Donofrio, Raffaella Barzaghi, Pietro Mortini

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Abstract

Objective: Few data are available on the surgical results in patients with incidentally discovered nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA). We investigated the efficacy and safety of surgery in patients with incidentally discovered NFPA. Design: Retrospective analysis of prospectively recorded outcomes. Methods: From 1990 to 2011, of 804 consecutive patients undergoing surgery for NFPA, 212 cases had an incidentally discovered tumor (26.4%). Among them, 117 patients were asymptomatic, while 95 had some visual and/or hormonal deficit. The main outcome of the study was to evaluate the frequency of radical resection as judged on the first postoperative neuroimaging study and detection of recurring disease during long-term follow-up. Results: Postoperative residual tumor was detected in 8.9% of patients with asymptomatic incidentalomas as compared with 31.2% of patients with symptomatic incidentalomas (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-742
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Endocrinology
Volume169
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Medicine(all)

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