Two-year audit of outcomes of pituitary surgery at an Australian teaching hospital

Timothy Davis, Imran Badshah, Jocelyn Drinkwater, Emily Kusich, Erin Marie Latkovic, Neville Knuckey

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Abstract

Background: There is evidence that cure rates and complications are influenced by the case load in neurosurgical centres performing transsphenoidal pituitary surgery. Although Australian centres may perform relatively small numbers of these procedures, there have been few published audits of their performance. Aims: To conduct an audit of surgery for pituitary tumours between 2012 and 2014 in the only public hospital neurosurgical unit in the state of Western Australia. Methods: A retrospective chart review was conducted with standardised extraction of data relating to indications for surgery, tumour type, procedure and post-operative endocrinological and other outcomes. Results: Of 53 patients identified, most (91%) underwent transsphenoidal surgery. Most tumours were non-functioning (71.7%) and most of these extended outside the sella turcica (86.8% versus 73.3% of functioning tumours). There was complete removal in 43.4% of patients and evidence of biochemical cure in 33.3% of functioning tumours, but readmission for further surgery was infrequent (5.7%). Persistent cerebrospinal fluid leakage, photophobia and deep venous thrombosis occurred in
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1248-1255
Number of pages8
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Volume47
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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