Endoscopic resection of a craniopharyngioma.

Philip Theodosopoulos, M.D., Professor and Vice-Chair of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco is the Director of the Skull Base Tumor Program and has extensive experience performing endoscopic transsphenoidal pituitary surgery for pituitary tumors (over 1000 operations) and other disease processes as well as tumors of the base of the skull.  In this video,  Dr. Theodosopoulos illustrates portions of an endoscopic resection of a craniopharyngioma.

A craniopharyngioma is a benign (noncancerous) tumor arising from small nests of cells near the pituitary stalk.  Craniopharyngiomas occur in the sellar region of the brain, near the pituitary gland. They often involve the third ventricle, optic nerve, and pituitary gland.

 

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