On May 1, 2017 the California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF celebrates its 10-year anniversary! In that time neurosurgeons at UCSF have performed 2,110 microscopic and endoscopic transsphenoidal surgical procedures to remove pituitary tumors. The CCPD now averages 240 operations and over 2,000 outpatient visits annually, making it one of the most active and specialized pituitary treatment centers in the nation.
Case Illustration by Lewis Blevins Jr., MD, Medical Director of the California Center for Pituitary Disorders
Nonfunctional pituitary adenomas are among the most common primary brain tumors, and range from slow-growing lesions to more proliferative or invasive variants that devastate quality of life by causing hypopituitarism, vision loss, and headaches. Transsphenoidal surgery remains a mainstay for reducing tumor burden, but there are no adequate treatments for patients whose tumors invade adjacent structures.