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May 1979

Major Problems in Neurology—Pituitary and Parapituitary Tumours

Author Affiliations

Division of Neurosurgery University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Iowa City, IA 52242

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(5):324. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500410102027

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Professor John Hankinson and Dr Mohamed Banna have compended an excellent review of pituitary and parapituitary problems. This book is particularly informative because of the authors' extensive clinical experience and unique examination of controversial aspects of tumor diagnosis and therapy by other authors in radiation therapy, endocrinology, and neuro-ophthalmology subspecialities.

The introductory chapter emphasizes sellar and parasellar clinical anatomy with detailed discussions of optic nerve and chiasm vascular supply and anatomical variations, correlating the anatomy with visual field defects commonly associated with abnormality in this locale. The symptoms and signs of sellar and parasellar tumors are discussed in the context of tumor pathophysiology and thus result in a clinically useful differential diagnosis of both the common and rare entities that occur with parasellar symptoms. Subsequent to reviewing regulatory hypothalamic control of pituitary hormone secretions, the authors provide a concise discourse for endocrine evaluation of those disorders concerned with pituitary hormone

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