Hypophysectomy.............Adrenalectomy

This page will diverge from the look and feel of the pages that have, thus far, dealt with the topic of hyperadrenocorticism . The reason is that surgery is a separate and much more complicated treatment method than any of the medical approaches. ..particularly surgery of the pituitary gland ( the hypophysectomy) which lies at the base of the brain. Neurosurgery is a topic in itself, and may be touched upon during the separate discussion of general neuroanatomy. The surgical treatment of ADH can also pose a challenge, especially when the right adrenal gland lies in tight juxtaposition to the caudal vena cava, a major and critical vessel which, if accidentally "nicked" during adrenalectomy, can prove fatal!

Hypophysectomy:1

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Adrenalectomy:2

1. Hypophysectomy for Cushing's Disease, Bjorn P. Meij, in: The Veterinary Clinics of North America, Small Animal Practice, September, 2001, pp1015

2. Surgery of the Endocrine System, Fossum, Theresa Welch, etal, in: Small Animal Surgery, Mosby-Year Book, Inc 1997, pp 401

2. Surgical Treatment of Canine Hyperadrenocorticism,Axlund,TW, Behrend EN and Winkler, JT: , Compendium May 2003 pp334

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