PNA Medical Corner: Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Transsphenoidal Surgery

James Liu smThis month the PNA Medical Corner spotlights and article co-written by PNA member Dr. James Liu, Director of the Center for Skull Base and Pituitary Surgery at the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. The study concludes that obstructive sleep apnea does increase the incidence of tracheostomy and low levels of oxygen in the blood but did not lead to higher rates of non-pulmonary/airway complications or inpatient mortality. The article, Impact of obstructive sleep apnea in transsphenoidal pituitary surgery: An analysis of inpatient data appears in the July 3 edition of the journal Laryngoscope.

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PNA Spotlight: Dr. Maria Fleseriu

flesuriu 2015Maria Fleseriu, MD, FACE is a Professor of Medicine and Neurological Surgery and Director of the Northwest Pituitary Center at Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon. She went to medical school at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timisoara, Romania. She completed her endocrinology internship at the University Hospital Sibiu in Romania, and did her residency in internal medicine at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. She completed a fellowship in endocrinology at the Cleveland Clinic and is board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology. She specializes in Cushing’s disease and acromegaly, is the principal investigator in numerous clinical trials, and has authored more than 130 manuscripts and book chapters.

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British TV Host Faces Aftermath of Pituitary Tumor

Sue Perkins 2An article in Metro.co.uk tells the story of British TV host Sue Perkins, who was diagnosed with a benign pituitary tumor about seven years ago but only started medication six months ago after realizing the severe emotional impact of the tumor, which led her to make poor decisions. Read original article Sue Perkins reveals benign brain tumour caused her to "walk out of my life".

 

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Concussions Linked to Menstrual Issues

gaborHungaryA Reuters Health article looks at a study from the University of Rochester that tracked the menstrual cycles of young women who had suffered a concussion. Researchers speculate that the concussions affect the pituitary gland but say more study is needed. Read more Concussions Tied to Menstrual Cycles.

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Infant With Craniopharyngioma Undergoes Surgery to Remove Pituitary

OliviaA story in News4Jax.com tells the story of Olivia Schmidt, a one-year-old little girl born with a craniopharyngioma who had the tumor, and her pituitary, removed at Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida. She will now have to be on hormone replacement for the rest of her life. Read more about little Olivia Schmidt’s struggle Born With Tumor on Pituitary Gland. The family’s Go Fund Me page is here.

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