The Role of the Anesthesiologist

  • T. Cafiero


Even though their anesthetic management conforms to the general principles of neuroanesthesia, patients with pituitary tumors may present unique problems for the anesthesiologist. The perioperative care of any patient requires great cooperation among physicians to ensure the best possible outcome. The importance of integrating physicians’ expertise is even greater for pituitary surgery. In fact, preoperative evaluation of the patient’s endocrine status and appropriate therapeutic measures are important to decrease the morbidity of pituitary surgery, especially in patients with potential anesthetic problems. Therefore the collaboration among neurosurgeons, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists and anesthesiologists is essential to choose the optimal treatment before surgery is planned.


Transsphenoidal Surgery Endonasal Endoscopic Approach Transsphenoidal Pituitary Operation Endonasal Endoscopic Surgical Procedure Difficult Breathing 
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