Hypopituitarism and Central Diabetes Insipidus

Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, 8017 Medical Center East, North Tower, 1215 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37232, USA. Electronic address: .
Neurosurgery clinics of North America (Impact Factor: 1.44). 10/2012; 23(4):679-89. DOI: 10.1016/
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Pituitary tumors are a unique class of intracranial neoplasms with the potential to disrupt hormone function and water metabolism. Preoperative and postoperative endocrine assessment is mandatory to recognize and promptly treat new deficiencies and identify those that have resolved. Close collaboration among neurosurgical, endocrine, and anesthetic teams is equally vital during the perioperative period. Appropriate patient education at the time of discharge regarding the symptoms of diabetes insipidus, hyponatremia, and adrenal insufficiency is increasingly important.

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