Preoperative embolization and immediate removal of a giant pituitary adenoma: A case report

Shunsuke Omodaka, Yoshikazu Ogawa, Kenichi Sato, Yasushi Matsumoto, Teiji Tominaga

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Background: Giant pituitary adenomas, with maximum diameter of at least 40 mm, continue to involve high surgical risks despite recent advances in microsurgical and/or endoscopic surgery. We treated a case of giant pituitary adenoma with preoperative endovascular embolization in an attempt to reduce blood loss. Case presentation: A 48-year-old Japanese Woman presented with severe right visual disturbance. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a giant pituitary adenoma with maximum diameter of 82 mm. Angiography revealed significant tumor stain, with blood supply mainly from the branches of the right meningohypophyseal trunk. These feeding arteries were endovascularly embolized with n-butyl cyanoacrylate. Subsequently, the tumor was safely removed by transsphenoidal surgery in two stages. The patient showed significant improvement of visual disturbance postoperatively, and was discharged without other neurological deficit. The surgical policy was explained preoperatively to the patients and written informed consents were obtained. Conclusions: Preoperative embolization of a giant pituitary adenoma is a useful procedure that can potentially decrease the morbidity and mortality of this devastating tumor.

Original languageEnglish
Article number63
JournalBMC Research Notes
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 26


  • Giant pituitary adenoma
  • Meningohypophyseal trunk
  • N-butyl cyanoacrylate
  • Preoperative embolization


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