May 2021 Medical Corner


Pituitary Apoplexy

john janeThis month the PNA Medical Corner spotlights an article co-authored by Dr. John A. Jane, a neurosurgeon with the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville and a longtime member of the PNA. The study compares conservative management versus early surgical intervention and concludes that surgery is not necessary in the majority of patients if they are closely monitored.


. 2021 Apr 30;1-9.
doi: 10.3171/2020.9.JNS202899. Online ahead of print.

Radiological and clinical outcomes of pituitary apoplexy: comparison of conservative management versus early surgical intervention

Matthew J Shepard 1 2, M Harrison Snyder 1, Sauson Soldozy 1, Leonel L Ampie 1 3, Saul F Morales-Valero 1, John A Jane 1

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PMID: 33930863 DOI: 10.3171/2020.9.JNS202899

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PNA Spotlight: Dr. Kevin Lillehei


kevin lilleheiThis month the PNA Spotlight focuses on Dr. Kevin Lillehei, Chair of Neurosurgery at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Medicine, where he directs the Pituitary Tumor Division and the Surgical Neuro-oncology Fellowship. He is also a member of the PNA Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Lillehei earned his B.S. at Cornell University in New York, and his medical degree at the University of Minnesota. He did an internship and his residency at the University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers Program. He was kind enough to answer a few questions from the PNA. His answers follow.

What inspired you to choose your career path?

During residency I had a terrific neurosurgery mentor and role model who introduced me to the treatment of patients with pituitary tumors. Following graduation, I was fortunate to partner with an incredible group of endocrinologists at the University of Colorado who allowed me to continue my interest in the neurosurgical treatment of patients with pituitary tumors.

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April 2021 Medical Corner


 Reducing Nelson’s Syndrome in Cushing’s Patients

jason sheehanThis month the PNA Medical Corner spotlights an article co-authored by PNA member Dr. Jason Sheehan of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville. The study finds that refractory Cushing’s disease patients who undergo stereotactic radiosurgery before having a bilateral adrenalectomy have a lower risk of Nelson’s syndrome.
Acta Neurochir (Wien)
2021 Mar 24.
doi: 10.1007/s00701-021-04823-1. Online ahead of print.

Stereotactic radiosurgery before bilateral adrenalectomy is associated with lowered risk of Nelson's syndrome in refractory Cushing's disease patients

Adomas Bunevicius 1, Karen Lavezzo 1, Philip W Smith 2, Mary Lee Vance 3, Jason Sheehan 4
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PMID: 33759014 DOI: 10.1007/s00701-021-04823-1


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