Pituitary and Skull Base Tumors
World Leaders in Pituitary and Skull Base Tumor Treatment
At UPMC, we offer world-class care for pituitary and skull base tumors and lesions. Our surgeons' extensive experience with minimally invasive techniques attracts patients from around the world.
In addition to minimally invasive approaches, UPMC's neurosurgical team is trained and experienced in all traditional approaches to the brain, so they fully understand all of the options available to them. This expertise allows our neurosurgeons to develop the best treatment plan for you.
Conditions We Treat
UPMC is among the most experienced centers in the world in treating pituitary and skull base tumors using minimally invasive procedures, such as the Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA) and Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery.
Common pituitary and skull base tumors and lesions we treat include:
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Advanced Treatment Options at UPMC
At UPMC, our neurosurgeons have the depth and breadth of expertise required to treat pituitary and skull base tumors. Our team collaborates to seek the technique — or combination of techniques — that offers you the greatest opportunity for returning to normal life.
Depending on the patient's condition and location of the tumor, UPMC offers two preferred treatment options, including:
- Endoscopic Endonasal Approach (EEA): Pioneered at UPMC, EEA is an innovative surgical technique used to remove brain tumors and lesions—some as large as softballs—all through the nose. EEA can offer benefits over open surgery such as:
- Minimal scarring
- Fewer side effects and complication
- Faster recovery
- Gamma Knife® Radiosurgery: A painless procedure that uses radiation beams to target tumors and lesions, with no surgical incision. Gamma Knife radiosurgery is especially useful when conventional surgical procedures pose a high risk for patients.