Introduction

Long-term surveillance with periodic assessment is mandatory for all patients with a history of a pituitary operation. The frequency and intensity of surveillance is determined by several factors, including the histologic nature, location, size, and hormone secretion of the original tumor and the use of radiotherapy. Those with residual disease require specially structured monitoring, including assessment of remaining pituitary function, determination of hormone secretion by the tumor, and imaging of the pituitary fossa and surrounding structures. This chapter addresses these issues with respect to individual pituitary tumor types.

From: Management of Pituitary Tumors: The Clinician's Practical Guide, Second Edition Edited by: M. P. Powell, S. L. Lightman, and E. R. Laws, Jr. © Humana Press Inc., Totowa, NJ

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