Pituitary tumor care at Mayo Clinic
- Team approach. Mayo Clinic endocrinologists with expertise in pituitary disease coordinate a team to comprehensively evaluate your tumor and symptoms. Your team may include specialists from neurosurgery, neuro-ophthalmology, neuroradiology, head and neck surgery, radiation oncology, and other areas if needed.
- Experience and expertise. Mayo Clinic is one of the largest pituitary centers in the United States. Its surgeons are internationally recognized for their expertise in endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery and in using Gamma Knife stereotactic radiosurgery, fractionated radiation therapy or proton beam radiation to treat these tumors. Mayo Clinic endocrinologists are also leaders in the medical management of hormone-producing pituitary tumors and in pituitary hormone replacement therapy.
- Endocrine Testing Center. A state-of-the-art facility, the Mayo Clinic Endocrine Testing Center accurately and safely performs complex hormonal stimulation and suppression tests to define the nature of the pituitary tumor and how well the pituitary gland functions.
Latest diagnostic techniques. In Cushing's syndrome, small pituitary tumors that lead to an excess release of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) are often too small for detection by traditional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Mayo Clinic's high-field, 3-tesla (3-T) MRI provides better viewing of these tumors.
Mayo Clinic's neuroradiologists are experienced in performing inferior petrosal sinus sampling to help find and identify tumors. This test involves obtaining a sample from these sinuses, where the pituitary gland drains hormones into the bloodstream, including ACTH.
- Latest treatment procedures. Mayo Clinic was among the first institutions to extensively research an endoscopic through-the-nose (transnasal) surgical tumor removal technique that has now become standard practice. This method is highly successful, reduces discomfort and usually requires only an overnight stay in the hospital.
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Aug. 12, 2017
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