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Journal of the Neurological Sciences ; 429:1, 2021.
Article in English | Web of Science | ID: covidwho-1536851
J Endocrinol Invest ; 44(3): 635-636, 2021 Mar.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-639909


PURPOSE: During the Covid-19 pandemic every hospital has had to change its internal organization. Different institutions have highlighted the risks connected with endoscopic endonasal surgery. The goal of this paper is to illustrate the feasibility of pituitary region surgery during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. METHODS: After two negative Covid tests were obtained, three patients with macro GH-secreting tumors, and two patients with micro ACTH-secreting tumors resistant to medical treatment underwent surgery during the pandemic. During the surgery, every patient was treated as if they were positive. RESULTS: Neither operator, nor patient have developed Covid symptoms. The two neurosurgeons performing the operations underwent two Covid swab, which resulted negative. CONCLUSIONS: Pituitary surgery is a high risk non-urgent surgery. However, the method described has so far been effective and is safe for both patients and healthcare providers.

ACTH-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma/surgery , Adenoma/surgery , COVID-19 , Growth Hormone-Secreting Pituitary Adenoma/surgery , Infection Control , Neurosurgical Procedures/methods , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , COVID-19 Testing/standards , Cross Infection/prevention & control , Endoscopy/methods , Endoscopy/standards , Feasibility Studies , Humans , Infection Control/instrumentation , Infection Control/methods , Infection Control/standards , Italy/epidemiology , Neurosurgical Procedures/standards , Nose/surgery , Pandemics , Patient Safety/standards , Patient Selection , Protective Clothing , Protective Devices , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2/physiology