Joseph P. Castlen

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BACKGROUND Pituitary tumor apoplexy can result from either hemorrhagic or infarctive expansion of pituitary adenomas, and the related mass effect can result in compression of critical neurovascular structures. The time course of recovery of visual field deficits, headaches, ophthalmoparesis, and pituitary dysfunction after endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery(More)
BACKGROUND Primary lactotroph disinhibition, or stalk effect, occurs when mechanical compression of the pituitary stalk disrupts the tonic inhibition by dopamine released by the hypothalamus. The resolution of pituitary stalk effect-related hyperprolactinemia postoperatively has not been studied in a large cohort of patients. We performed a retrospective(More)
INTRODUCTION Medicine is rapidly changing, both in the level of collective medical knowledge and in how it is being delivered. The increased presence of administrators in hospitals helps to facilitate these changes and ease administrative workloads on physicians; however, tensions sometimes form between physicians and administrators. ANALYSIS This(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the self-reported liability characteristics and defensive medicine practices of neurosurgeons in Texas with neurosurgeons in Illinois in an effort to describe the effect of medicolegal environment on defensive behavior. METHODS An online survey was sent to 3344 members of the American Board of Neurological Surgery. Respondents were(More)
Although some studies have examined the efficacy and safety of remifentanil in patients undergoing neurosurgical procedures, none has examined its safety in transsphenoidal operations specifically. In this study, all transsphenoidal operations performed by a single author from 2008 to 2015 were retrospectively reviewed to evaluate the safety of remifentanil(More)
In this study, we set out to define our institutional criteria for patient eligibility for transsphenoidal resection of parasellar meningiomas, and to report our experience with extended transnasal approaches for these lesions. We aimed to discuss the important considerations of patient selection and risk stratification to optimize outcomes for patients(More)
We aimed to identify trends in the neurosurgical practice environment in the United States from 2006 to 2013 using the American College of Surgeons-National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP) database, and to determine the complication rate for spinal and cranial procedures and identify risk factors for post-operative complications across this(More)
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