Technique of Transsphenoidal Operation for Pituitary Adenomas

  • A. M. Landolt
  • P. Strebel
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 7)


The surgical exposure of the normal and adenomatous hypophysis can be either by a transcranial procedure from above or by one of the three currently used inferior approaches which use the sphenoidal sinus as the last common pathway to the gland. This paper will present the history, the pertinent anatomical landmarks and features, and our technique of the transsphenoidal operation. It will consider neither the transcranial operations nor the indication for selection of the inferior or superior approach. This particular subject has been presented in detail by Guiot and Derome (1976) in volume 3 of this series.


Pituitary Adenoma Nasal Cavity Maxillary Sinus Sphenoid Sinus Frontal Sinus 


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  • A. M. Landolt
    • 1
  • P. Strebel
    • 1
  1. 1.Departments of Neurosurgery and OtorhinolaryngologyUniversity Hospital ZurichSwitzerland

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