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Neurosurgery:
doi: 10.1227/NEU.0b013e318207ac0b
Case Problems: Correspondence

Clinical Problem Solving: Monster on the Hook—Case Problems in Neurosurgery

Muh, Carrie R MD*; Boulis, Nicholas M MD*; Chandler, William F MD‡; Barkan, Ariel L MD‡; Mosunjac, Marina B MD†; Oyesiku, Nelson M MD, PhD*

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Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Nonfunctioning and functioning pituitary tumors can present in numerous ways. They may be difficult to diagnose correctly and, even with proper treatment, may lead to complications.

METHODS: We present the case of a patient who presented with a large, invasive sellar mass and underwent both medical and surgical treatment for this lesion. The patient's course did not progress as was expected from his initial workup.

RESULTS: The patient's history, physical examination, laboratory values, pathologic specimens, and radiologic findings are discussed. His management before, during, and after medical therapy and surgery is reviewed by pituitary experts from 2 different institutions. Aspects of diagnosis and management of sellar lesions are presented and reviewed in the literature.

CONCLUSION: Neurosurgeons frequently treat patients with sellar lesions and should remember that despite modern laboratory, pathologic, and radiologic techniques, the diagnosis and treatment of these lesions is not always clear.

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