Pituitary Apoplexy Following Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

Document Type : Case Report


Department of Cardiovascular surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Mashhad University of Medical Sciences, Mashhad, Iran.


Pituitary apoplexy following cardiac surgery is a very rare complication and can be a potentially life-threatening clinical syndrome. It could be caused by acute infarction, hemorrhage or edema and sudden enlargement of a pre-existing and unknown pituitary adenoma. We report a case of hemorrhagic apoplexy of a pituitary gland macro-adenoma successfully managed by urgent trans-sphenoidal tumor resection in a patient after elective  coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).


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