Clinical evaluation of the sellar mass patient

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Sellar masses are common and encompass various pathologies, many of which are treated surgically via the transsphenoidal route. Postoperative cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks are a significant complication of this approach and are associated with increased morbidity and costs. Therefore, anticipating an intraoperative CSF leak and understanding risk factors for a postoperative CSF leak are essential in surgical planning. Intraoperative and postoperative CSF leaks in patients with sellar masses are multifactorial. They include patient-specific factors, lesion characteristics, surgical strategy, reconstruction techniques, and perioperative interventions. This chapter focuses on the preoperative evaluation of patients with sellar masses with particular attention to considerations for intra- and postoperative CSF leaks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
Subtitle of host publicationComprehensive Guide to Evaluation and Management
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9780323870726
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • Clinical Evaluation
  • CSF Leak
  • Endoscopic Endonasal Approach
  • Pituitary
  • Sellar Mass
  • Transsphenoidal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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