R. L. Atkinson, M.D.; D. P. Becker, M.D.; A. M. Martins, M.D.; J. M. Earll, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Application of modern technology to an old surgical approach has led to a treatment of acromegaly that promises a cure: eradication of the tumor with preservation of normal pituitary function. Using a dissecting microscope and a transsphenoidal approach to the sella turcica, it is possible to distinguish normal pituitary from tumor under direct vision and, in most cases, to preserve the normal gland. We have treated 13 patients with active acromegaly. Two patients had hypopituitarism before treatment that was not improved by surgery; two patients with normal pituitary function preoperatively had a decrease or loss of function; and three patients
Atkinson RL, Becker DP, Martins AM, Earll JM. Transsphenoidal Microsurgery in the Treatment of Acromegaly.. Ann Intern Med. ;78:815. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-5-815_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(5):815.
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