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Part of Massachusetts General Hospital’s Neuroendocrine Clinical Center, the Neuroendocrine Surgical Service treats patients with disorders affecting the endocrine function of the pituitary gland, including:
In addition to the surgical treatment of the these tumors, the Neuroendrocrine Surgical Service works in conjunction with highly-trained Mass General endocrinologists who manage the following disorders:
Patient elvaluation includes comprehensive office visits, complete hormone testing and imaging studies.
Our program brings together a multidisciplinary team of neurosurgeons and neuroendocrine specialists who provide innovative, individually tailored treatments to each patient.
When surgery is necessary, most pituitary tumors can be removed through a transsphenoidal approach, where a small incision in the patient's sphenoid sinuses. This minimally invasive technique, called transsphenoidal surgery, typically helps patient recover from surgery faster.
Our surgeons, specializing in transsphenoidal surgery, perform more than 150 transsphenoidal adenomectomies per year.
In addition, Mass General is one of the few hospitals in the country to offer proton beam therapy to treat pituitary lesions. This non-invasive, high-precision radiosurgical technique treats the tumor while minimizing damage to surrounding areas.
Our surgeons and neuroendocrinologists help patients and referring physicians around the world, working on a case-by-case basis to provide the most appropriate care.
All patient cases are reviewed during our weekly Neuroendocrine Clinical Conference attended by endocrinologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists and radiation oncologists. The team develops a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic plan, which is then implemented here or shared with the patient or referring physician.
Physicians at the Neuroendocrine Surgical Service conduct research and clinical trials, allowing us to bring our patients promising new treatments as quickly as possible.
View the latest research and clinical trials here
A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area.
Hypopituitarism, also called an underactive pituitary gland, is a condition that affects the anterior lobe of the pituitary gland - usually resulting in a partial or complete loss of functioning of that lobe.
Although rare, most pituitary tumors are not cancerous (benign), comprising only 7 percent of brain tumors. However, most pituitary tumors will press against the optic nerves, causing vision problems.
Dr. Brooke Swearingen discusses and answers question about surgery for pituitary adenoma.
Dr. Brooke Swearingen discusses and answers questions about surgery for pituitary adenoma.
Neuroendocrine Surgical Service
Wang Ambulatory Care Center 331
Phone: 617-726-7948 Fax: 617-726-1241 Hours: 8:30 am - 5:00 p.m. | Weekdays
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