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.
Save the date! On October 22, 2016 the California Center for Pituitary Disorders at UCSF invites you to attend its annual continuing medical education course covering the latest advances in pituitary tumors and related disorders. Endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, primary care providers, trainees in these fields, nurse practitioners, physician's assistants, and other allied health professionals may all benefit from this program.
Headaches are a common complaint in the general population – 22% of women and 11% of men are estimated to suffer from them. While not as familiar, lesions of the sellar and parasellar region are also relatively common, but they are usually not symptomatic and often go undetected throughout life. Studies of cadavers and healthy volunteers give us an incidence that ranges from 1.7% to 27% in the general population.