|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 1-
|How to cite this article:|
. Preface.Neurol India 2020;68:1-1
|How to cite this URL:|
. Preface. Neurol India [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Jul 15 ];68:1-1
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Neuroendocrinology is an interesting but not a frequently discussed subject in Neurosurgery. The recent innovations in endonasal endosurgical techniques as well as the newer insights in histopathology of pituitary neoplasms have brought again the focus back in this area. Neurology India has brought this issue for readers to transmit this information in a comprehensive manner with experience of several authors in this field in India overseas.
The current supplement has a contribution from a varied number of authors including doyens of surgical neuroendocrinology like Prof Fahlbusch. There is a good illustration from our pathology colleagues who have provided the new histopathological classification highlighting the current changes. Our medical endocrionology colleagues have brought together all the recent information on adult and childhood pituitary pathologies with the relevant investigations and management protocols which have become standard of care worldwide.
Evolution of the pituitary surgical technique and post-operative management have also been discussed in detail. Radio surgery and Radiotherapy management of these lesions have also been discussed especially for the control of functioning tumors. The rare problem of “pituitary mimics” and hypothalamic hamartomas have also been evaluated for their medical and surgical management. The problem of giant tumors is a real issue in our part of the world and recurrent pituitary tumors are being increasingly encountered in our practice, A detailed analysis of their management has been done by centers treating large volumes of such cases. Neuro-endocrinological aspects of some unusual pathologies like hypothalamic hamartomas have also been dealt with. Keeping the COVID pandemic in view and understanding the high risk of performing trans-nasal surgeries, we have included 3 chapters related to this.
Overall, this issue covers most of the problems faced in practice by a neurosurgeon dealing in this area, and we hope that this will be a good reference for the future. We have enjoyed this enriching experience to evaluate our colleagues' work in this field and thankful for this opportunity. Overall, we feel that this supplement has turned out more like a monogram, to be used by young students, practitioners, and also senior faculty to learn and refresh their knowledge to apply this for patient management.