The Role of the Neuropathologist

  • M. Del Basso De Caro
  • G. Pettinato


Transsphenoidal surgery has developed into an operation with relatively very low morbidity rate and not signifieant mortality and represents the route by which biopsy or excision of most pituitary lesions is performed [14]. Perhaps, the most important role of the pathologist in this kind of surgery is to process the reseeted specimen for optimal tissue handling, that will result in an accurate diagnosis [1]. But the pathologist himself does not playa different role in transsphenoidal microsurgery rather than in endoscopic pituitary surgery, since the main difference between the two techniques concerns the tool used to visualize the operating field and not the specimen deriving from the operation, that must be analysed in both cases in the same way, and with multiple options.


Pituitary Adenoma Pituitary Tumor Germ Cell Tumor Transsphenoidal Surgery Sellar Region 
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