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OBJECT Brainstem hemangioblastomas are frequently encountered in patients with von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease. These tumors can cause significant morbidity, and their optimal management has not been defined. To better define the outcome and management of these tumors, the authors analyzed the long-term results in patients who underwent resection of(More)
OBJECT Cerebrospinal fluid leakage is a major complication of transsphenoidal surgery. An intraoperative CSF leak, which occurs in up to 50% of pituitary tumor cases, is the only modifiable risk factor for postoperative leaks. Although several techniques have been described for surgical repair when an intraoperative leak is noted, none has been proposed to(More)
CONTEXT GH-secreting pituitary adenomas are nearly always visible on conventional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. However, management and outcome of acromegalic patients lacking imaging evidence of GH-secreting pituitary adenomas are undefined. OBJECTIVE The aim was to evaluate surgical exploration for MR-invisible GH-secreting pituitary adenomas. (More)
OBJECT Spinal cord hemangioblastomas are a common protean manifestation of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease and can be associated with significant morbidity. To better define expected outcome and optimal management of these tumors in the context of this neoplasia syndrome, the authors analyzed the findings from patients with VHL disease who underwent(More)
To determine the effectiveness of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) treatment to central nervous system (CNS) hemangioblastomas in von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL), we analyzed long-term results in VHL patients treated with SRS. Patients were enrolled in a prospective VHL natural history study, undergoing SRS treatment of CNS hemangioblastomas. Treatment(More)
Although he never performed a pituitary operation for the disease, Harvey Cushing was the first to describe and treat patients with Cushing disease (CD). Other surgeons at the time were reluctant to operate on the pituitary due to the normal sella on skull radiographs in CD and the unclear etiology of the disorder. To better define and understand factors(More)
The presence of vestibular schwannomas has long been considered an exclusion criterion for the diagnosis of schwannomatosis. Recently, 2 cases of vestibular schwannoma were reported in patients with schwannomatosis, leading to a revision of the diagnostic criteria for this genetic disorder. Overall, the relative infrequency of vestibular schwannomas in(More)
OBJECT Nelson's syndrome (NS) is a significant and frequent risk for patients with Cushing's disease (CD) who undergo bilateral adrenalectomy. A recent study has shown tumor progression in 47% of patients at risk for NS. The authors sought to define the rate of NS in patients who were treated with Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery (GK SRS) prior to(More)
CONTEXT McCune-Albright syndrome (MAS) is caused by sporadic mutations of the GNAS. Patients exhibit features of acromegaly. In most patients, GH-secreting pituitary adenomas have been held responsible for this presentation. However, surgical adenomectomy rarely eliminates excess GH production. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to elucidate pituitary(More)
Stereotactic radiosurgery is a neurosurgical modality in which a target lesion can be irradiated while sparing normal brain tissue. In some respects, brain metastasis is well suited for radiosurgery, as metastatic lesions tend to be small and well circumscribed and displace (but do not infiltrate) normal brain tissue, facilitating the delivery of radiation.(More)