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Pituitary Program

KU Pituitary Program

Mission Statement:

The Pituitary Program at KU focuses on a comprehensive approach to pituitary tumors. This includes a team made up of multiple subspecialties: Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology (ENT), Endocrinology, Radiation-oncology.  

The vast majority of pituitary tumors are benign adenomas. Some of these tumors secrete excessive amounts of hormones, others restrict the normal secretory function of the pituitary gland. When they are large enough, they can cause mass effect on other brain structures as well; mainly the optic apparatus affecting vision. While some of the small pituitary tumors can be simply watched, others have to be treated. The treatment options depend on the size and type of the tumor.  

Conditions Treated:

  • Pituitary adenomas
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Rathke's Cleft Cyst
  • Metastatic Pituitary Tumors

Treatment Options:

  • Surgical Resection
    • Transsphenoidal
    • Cranial approach
  • Medical therapy
  • Radiation therapy
  • Observation

The transsphenoidal approach is the most widely used approach for removal of these tumors. This approach offers a minimally invasive approach that does not lead to any visible scar and a shorter hospital stay after surgery. 

The first Multidisciplinary Pituitary Conference was held in August 2014. A regional conference that involved all physicians who take care of patients with pituitary tumors.


Hear an inspiring story about one of our patients! 

Last modified: Sep 28, 2018
Patient Care

KU Neurosurgery Pituitary Surgeons:

Call 913-588-6122 for appointments

Colleagues in Otolaryngology (ENT):


Radiation Oncology