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BACKGROUND Inflammatory conditions of the pituitary are rare and consequently there are a number of single case reports of this condition but few reports of series. The condition is often divided into lymphocytic and granulomatous hypophysitis and it has been suggested that these two conditions represent the ends of a spectrum of disease. METHOD We(More)
The transzygomatic approach has been utilised to improve access to the skull base, infratemporal fossa and orbit for a number of years. It provides a low anterolateral approach to the skull base, along the floor of the middle fossa. It allows both a transsylvian and subtemporal approach with a reduction in brain retraction and better exposure of adjacent(More)
The intrasellar pressure has been studied in a consecutive series of 24 patients undergoing transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma. The mean intrasellar pressure for the group was 23 +/- 2.5 mm Hg (+/- standard error of the mean), with a mean pulse pressure of 3.5 +/- 1 mm Hg. The waveform partly resembled the arterial configuration. The results are(More)
OBJECTIVE Non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFAs) are a distinct group of pituitary adenomas, which comprise approximately 20% of pituitary adenomas. Although most pituitary adenomas are benign, there is a subset of adenomas that behaves in an aggressive fashion, with either invasion of the surrounding structures or recurrence. The aim of this study was(More)
Over the past two decades there has been much interest in the use of craniofacial disassembly techniques to improve difficult access to some neurosurgical lesions, However, it is not known to what extent these techniques have been adopted throughout the UK. The aim of this study was to establish how many maxillofacial surgeons and neurosurgeons are(More)
Using detailed cadaveric dissections this study has demonstrated and quantified the increase in exposure and additional access gained by using the orbitozygomatic infratemporal fossa approach for neurosurgical access. The surgical window of exposure can be increased by up to 300% when this technique is utilised to facilitate access via either a subtemporal(More)
In a two-centre study, intrasellar pituitary tissue pressure was measured at transsphenoidal surgery in 107 patients with pituitary adenomas or intrasellar cysts. 'Normal' ISP in patients under anaesthesia with small microadenomas (< 5 mm diameter) or a partial empty sella was 12 +/- 3 mmHg. Raised ISP (> 15 mmHg) was found in 75% of cases. The highest(More)
A new approach to anterior circulation aneurysms is described in which the position of the surgeon is radically different from usual, allowing an enhanced view along the plane of the parent artery with minimal retraction and proximal control. The position of the surgeon and assistant are comfortable, and the scrub nurse's access to the surgeon's hands is(More)