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January 1926

ROENTGEN-RAY TREATMENT OF PITUITARY TUMORS

Author Affiliations

SAN FRANCISCO

From the Department of Surgery, Stanford University Medical School.

Arch NeurPsych. 1926;15(1):92-102. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1926.02200190095007
Abstract

Patients suffering from pituitary tumors usually apply for relief of loss of vision, caused by pressure on the optic nerves or tracts. In this country, treatment has been almost entirely surgical. For several years there have been reports, especially in the French literature, of results following roentgen-ray treatment which compare favorably with those of surgery. I report here on two patients, who, after periods of more than three and two years, respectively, of roentgen-ray treatment,1 remain free from the effects of intracranial extension of pituitary adenomas. I2 have reported another suspected pituitary tumor which was treated with the roentgen ray. These three cured cases represent my entire experience with this method.

CASE REPORTS  Case 1 (Newell's3 Case 7571).—Intracranial extension of pituitary adenoma, causing loss of visual acuity, constriction of visual fields, and partial external ophthalmoplegia. Cure following roentgen-ray treatment; no recurrence after three and one-fourth years.

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