Immediate postoperative complications of sellar suprasellar lesions operated via pterional approach


  • Hamayun Tahir Senior Registrar ,Department of Neurosurgery Qazi Hussain Ahmed Medical complex Mti Nowshera /Nowshera Medical College Nowshera
  • Zulfiqar Ali Shah
  • Naseer Hassan
  • Muhammad Ayaz
  • Mumtaz Ali
  • Farooq Azam
  • Samina Feroz



sellar lesions, CSF leak, diabetes insipidus


Objective:  In neurosurgical facilities, lesions that occur in the sella turcica and suprasellar area are frequently encountered. Different complications have been documented in the past studies following surgical management of sellar suprasellar lesions. This study's rationale was to get data from our local population on complications related to the transcranial approach for sellar suprasellar lesions. The study aimed to determine the immediate (within one week) postoperative complications of sellar suprasellar lesions operated via a pterional approach

Material and Methods:  This descriptive case series study was conducted from June 2019 to June 2020 at the neurosurgical facility lady reading hospital Peshawar. A total of 117 patients, meeting inclusion criteria irrespective of gender, diagnosed with the sellar suprasellar lesion between 18 to 60 years of age operated through a pterional approach. Post-op patients were followed for seven days to access main outcome measures such as CSF leak and diabetes insipidus.

Results:  CSF leak found in 7.7% (n = 9) of patients while diabetes insipidus was detected in 14.5% (n = 17) patients. Gender and age-based stratification showed no statistically significant difference for both postoperative complications.

Conclusion:  Diabetes insipidus was a more frequent postoperative complication in patients undergoing the pterional approach for sellar suprasellar lesions followed by CSF leak. However, no statistically significant correlation was observed between different age groups and gender for all these complications.


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