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Stage 3 Neuroanaesthesia / Advanced Neurocritical Care

Anaesthesia for Pituitary Surgery

Published on 17 March, 2022

Last modified on April 1st, 2022

Curriculum Reference

15.9.1 It is important to engage in a shared decision-making process with patients to discuss the risks and benefits of scheduled or elective major vascular surgery. Details should be explained to the patient in an appropriate setting and in language they can understand. Patient information materials should
be made available to support the patient’s decision with regard to choices on anaesthesia and analgesia.

15.9.2 Deliver safe perioperative care to adults requiring elective intracranial surgery both supratentorial and infratentorial including craniotomies for vascular lesions, pituitary surgery.

HiLLO 10: Intensive Care Medicine specialists will have developed the necessary skills of induction of anaesthesia, airway control, care of the unconscious patient and understanding of surgery and its physiological impact on the patient.

Review Articles

Anaesthesia and pituitary disease

Pituitary disease and anaesthesia – British Journal of Anaesthesia 85 3-14 (2000)

Perioperative management of endoscopic transsphenoidal pituitary surgery

Pituitary Adenoma – StatPearls

National Guidance/Standards

UK guidelines for the management of pituitary apoplexy

Acromegaly: an Endocrine Society clinical practice guideline. Clinical Practice Guidelines

Online Resources

SNACC – Problem based learning: Pituitary surgery


Anaesthesia for pituitary surgery, NACCS CPD day November 2021

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