Abstract BACKGROUND: Giant pituitary adenomas are rare tumors that can have a devastating impact on a patient's life. They require a well-studied therapeutic approach that often combines different strategies. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 29-year-old woman was diagnosed with the largest GH-secreting pituitary adenoma reported in the literature, to the best of the author's knowledge. The tumor was removed with a combined approach: endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal and transcortical transventricular. All available acromegaly drugs were used. After 2 surgeries, a large part of the tumor was removed. Both postoperative courses were uneventful. Because the disease was still active, medical therapy was initiated. The combination of pasireotide, pegvisomant, and cabergoline permitted satisfactory control of hormonal levels. CONCLUSIONS: Giant adenomas, >4 cm, are rare pituitary tumors. Therefore in order to achieve the best clinical results, they require complex management that involves a multidisciplinary team of ear, nose, and throat surgeons; endocrinologists; radiation therapists; ophthalmologists; and neurosurgeons.

Super Giant Growth Hormone−Secreting Pituitary Adenoma in Young Woman: From Ventricles to Nose

Penner, Federica;Prencipe, Nunzia;Pennacchietti, Valentina;Pacca, Paolo;Cambria, Valeria;Garbossa, Diego;Zenga, Francesco
2019

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Giant pituitary adenomas are rare tumors that can have a devastating impact on a patient's life. They require a well-studied therapeutic approach that often combines different strategies. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 29-year-old woman was diagnosed with the largest GH-secreting pituitary adenoma reported in the literature, to the best of the author's knowledge. The tumor was removed with a combined approach: endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal and transcortical transventricular. All available acromegaly drugs were used. After 2 surgeries, a large part of the tumor was removed. Both postoperative courses were uneventful. Because the disease was still active, medical therapy was initiated. The combination of pasireotide, pegvisomant, and cabergoline permitted satisfactory control of hormonal levels. CONCLUSIONS: Giant adenomas, >4 cm, are rare pituitary tumors. Therefore in order to achieve the best clinical results, they require complex management that involves a multidisciplinary team of ear, nose, and throat surgeons; endocrinologists; radiation therapists; ophthalmologists; and neurosurgeons.
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Complex surgery; Cushing disease; Endoscopic endonasal surgery; Giant pituitary adenoma; Multidisciplinary team; Surgery; Neurology (clinical)
Penner, Federica*; Prencipe, Nunzia; Pennacchietti, Valentina; Pacca, Paolo; Cambria, Valeria; Garbossa, Diego; Zenga, Francesco
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