Peri-operative Lumbar Drains for Trans-Sphenoidal resection of Pituitary Adenomas

Ummey Hani, Saqib Kamran Bakhshi, Muhammad Shahzad Shamim

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Trans-sphenoidal approach for resection of pituitary adenomas is a safe and common neurosurgical procedure. It can be done both through microscopic or endoscopic methods, and both methods can be facilitated by a perioperative lumbar drain insertion, that in theory improves tumour resection and reduces risk of post-operative cerebrospinal fluid leak. Herein we have reviewed the literature to find out the evidence in support of perioperative lumbar drain insertion for trans-sphenoidal resections.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1752-1754
Number of pages3
JournalJPMA. The Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019


  • Pituitary adenoma, trans-sphenoidal surgery, trans-sphenoidal resection, lumbar drains, cerebrospinal fluid drainage, cerebrospinal fluid leak.


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