Stereotactic radiosurgery for pituitary adenomas

Trends Endocrinol Metab. May-Jun 2000;11(4):132-7. doi: 10.1016/s1043-2760(00)00242-3.


Pituitary adenoma is a radiosensitive disease and postoperative radiotherapy reduces the chance of relapse. Non-irradiated patients, followed in the modern era, suffer up to 20% five-year and up to 44% ten-year relapse. To some extent, predictors of relapse are available at the time of presentation or after surgery. Although conventionally fractionated radiotherapy has a very good track record with regard to controlling disease and safety in the modern age, there is considerable contemporary interest in the technique of radiosurgery (highly concentrated radiation therapy using stereotactic mapping). The usefulness of this technique in the treatment of pituitary adenoma is discussed in this review.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Radiosurgery / methods*
  • Stereotaxic Techniques*