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Seattle Science Foundation Fellows Course 2019

Keyhole surgery is the concept of safely removing brain, skull base and pituitary tumors through smaller, more precise openings that minimize collateral damage to surrounding scalp, brain, blood vessels and nerves. A majority of these tumors can now be removed via one of the several keyhole approaches available nowadays, using a small craniotomy (bony skull opening) or an approach through the nostrils. These approaches are technically demanding, require specialized instrumentation, significant surgical expertise and are not appropriate for all tumors. Find out more.

Neurosurgery Fellowship at Pacific Neuroscience Institute

What is it like to be a brain surgeon? Take a look behind the scenes and follow a young doctor through his day as a neurosurgery fellow in a busy practice at Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, California.

Doing our best for Pituitary disorders

Pituitary disorders are still considered by some “rare”, although many experts consider them unfortunately rarely diagnosed. Find out what you can do in this article by Marriage & Family Therapist, Linda M. Rio.

Pituitary disorders and family

Chronic and/or serious physical illness of any kind has far reaching effects that go far beyond the actual physical symptoms of the disease. Medicine focuses on the patient, so that people close to the patient are often ignored. Read about the deep impact of pituitary disorders on families and what can be done to overcome these challenges.

Optimal Exit Strategy: Graded Repair of Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks in Pituitary Tumor & Craniopharyngioma SurgerySafety and Success in Endoscopic Pituitary SurgeryEndonasal Endoscopic Surgery: Access to Midline Skull Base without Brain Retraction

Keeping Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks and Meningitis at Bay. Defining the optimal exit strategy in pituitary and skull base tumor surgery, PNI authors have published a landmark article in the May 2018 issue of Journal of Neurosurgery. Leading the way in the field of minimally invasive surgery, PNI’s expert team reported on intraoperative repair of skull base defects and prevention of post-operative CSF leaks and meningitis in over 500 patients with pituitary tumors and skull base tumors.

cushing's disease

The root cause of many hormonal imbalances is a small pea-size gland, the pituitary, sitting at the base of the brain, which often houses the tiniest of tumors. Patient advocate, Sharmyn McGraw raises awareness for the debilitating and often over-looked Cushing’s disease.