Endoscopic endonasal resection of nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma with radiological calcification

We present our experience about the clinical aspects and treatment of calcified nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma

Zhengxing Xie


Scholarcy highlights

  • Calcification on preoperative neuroimaging was observed in only 7 patients with nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas
  • The study population consisted of these seven patients with intra-tumor calcification, thin and egg shelf-like capsular calcification, hard and armor-like capsular calcification
  • In 85.7% of cases, nonfunctioning pituitary adenomas with calcification were characterized by soft tumor texture
  • Relatively rare, calcified nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma should be kept in mind to avoid making a wrong preoperative diagnosis
  • Extra-pseudocapusual resection via endoscopic endonasal approach is helpful for the resection of both adenoma and calcification

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