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Medicina (Buenos Aires)

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ALBIERO, Carolina et al. Analysis of a pituitary adenoma registry. Medicina (B. Aires) [online]. 2010, vol.70, n.5, pp.415-420. ISSN 0025-7680.

Collection and analysis of data obtained during the clinical treatment of pituitary tumours are of great utility in the decision making process, when facing clinical situations. We report here data on 519 from 670 patients with pituitary adenomas obtained from a computerized registry. Three hundred and forty five were females (66%) and 174 males (34%), aged 14-80. Final diagnosis was acromegaly in 176, Cushing's disease in 153, prolactinoma in 101 and clinically non-functioning adenoma in 89. Mean age at diagnosis was 43.9 ± 13.5 (16-80) for acromegalics, 35.7 ± 12.9 (14-72) for Cushing's, 30.0 ± 13.4 (15-79) for prolactinoma and 52.1 ± 15.2 (17-79), for non-functioning tumours. The setup of an institutional registry on pituitary tumours constitutes a useful tool to analyze clinical experience, optimize the cost/benefit ratio of procedures used for diagnosis and to ameliorate therapeutic strategies, improving patient's care. It greatly contributes to teaching medical students as well as to post-graduate physicians and provides a basis for developing clinical research.

Keywords : Pituitary tumors; Pituitary adenomas; Pituitary tumor registry.

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