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Title: Psychological functioning following surgery for pituitary disease.
Author: Treece , Karen Anne
ISNI:       0000 0001 3536 1867
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2007
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A long-tenn, multi-centred, case controlled, follow up study of patients who had been treated for pituitary tumours with transsphenoidal surgery (TSA) was conducted. Transsphenoidal surgery is the 'Gold Standard' treatment for removal of pituitary tumours (Royal College of Physicians 1997). Patients had received surgery between 1998 and 2002. Pituitary patients were compared to controls on psychosocial functioning measures. Impaired levels of psychosocial functioning had been observed in pituitary patients before surgery and three months after surgery, but this had resolved one year after surgery (Treece et al 2005). The aim of this follow up study was to detennine whether or not the resolution in psychosocial functioning observed one year after surgery had been maintained at long-tenn follow up (4-8 years after surgery). Patients who had completed the prospective study were approached. Thirty-two pituitary surgery patients and nineteen control surgery patients completed measures of psychosocial functioning. The levels of psychosocial functioning between the two groups were not significantly different at long-tenn follow up (p<0.05). Nonnalised levels of psychosocial functioning measured in pituitary patients one year after surgery, remained at long-tenn follow up. Transsphenbidal surgery to remove pituitary tumours was not detrimental to psychosocial functioning between four and eight years after surgery.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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