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Day on the Lake May 1, 2015

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Although many of our pituitary patients who undergo the surgery experience a full recovery and improvement in their symptoms, those who have been debilitated for an extended period of time before surgery may require physical therapy to build their strength and endurance.

The Day on the Lake program is the only adapted water sports program for those with physical and neurological disabilities offered in Arizona. Summer 2015 will mark our 19th year of helping people who suffer from a neurological disability ride the waves at one of the most accessible waterside facilities in Arizona—Bartlett Lake Marina. Day on the Lake 2015 will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 7 through Saturday, May 9
  • Thursday, June 11 and Friday, June 12
  • Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12th

Register for this event or get more information.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Pituitary Abscess; Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Therapy March 27, 2015

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The Pituitary Center at Barrow Neurological Institute offers continuing education conferences that seek to expand knowledge about neuroendocrine conditions like Cushing’s disease, acromegaly, pituitary adenomas, and other pituitary-related disorders.

Pituitary Abscess; Epidemiology, Diagnosis, and Therapy was presented at the Barrow Neuroendocrine Conference by Dr. Michael Mooney, a neurosurgery resident at Barrow. Keep in mind this was intended for an audience of medical professionals, so if you don’t understand some of the language used in the talk, you can post your questions here.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center

Headaches in Sellar Lesions March 3, 2015

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The Pituitary Program at Barrow Neurological Institute offers continuing education conferences that seek to expand knowledge about neuroendocrine conditions like Cushing’s disease, acromegaly, pituitary adenomas, and other pituitary-related disorders.

Headaches in Sellar Lesions was presented at the 2014 Barrow Pituitary Symposium by Dr. Laura Knecht, medical director of the Barrow Pituitary Program. This talk was intended for an audience of medical professionals, so if you don’t understand some of the language used, you can post your questions here.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Program
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Pituitary Stalk Lesions February 17, 2015

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The Pituitary Center at Barrow Neurological Institute offers continuing education conferences that seek to expand knowledge about neuroendocrine conditions like Cushing’s disease, Acromegaly, Pituitary Adenomas, and other pituitary-related disorders.

Pituitary Stalk Lesions was presented at the 2014 Barrow Pituitary Symposium by Dr. Laura Knecht, Medical Director of the Barrow Pituitary Center. Keep in mind this was intended for an audience of medical professionals, so if you don’t understand some of the language used in the talk, you can post your questions here.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

History of Transsphenoidal Surgery February 9, 2015

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The Pituitary Center at Barrow Neurological Institute offers continuing education conferences that seek to expand knowledge about neuroendocrine conditions like Cushing’s disease, acromegaly, pituitary adenomas, and other pituitary disorders.

The History of Transsphenoidal Surgery was presented at the Barrow Neuroendocrine Conference by Dr. John Sheehy. Keep in mind this was intended for an audience of medical professionals, so if you don’t understand some of the language used in the talk you can post your questions here.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Pituitary Center

Recent Progress in Medical Therapy of Acromegaly January 23, 2015

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The Pituitary Center at Barrow Neurological Institute offers continuing education conferences that seek to expand knowledge about neuroendocrine conditions like Cushing’s disease, Acromegaly, Pituitary Adenomas, and other pituitary related disorders.

“Recent Progress in Medical Therapy of Acromegaly” was presented at the 2014 Barrow Pituitary Symposium by Dr. Maria Fleseriu, MD. Dr. Fleseriu is the Associate Professor & Director of the Pituitary Center at Oregon Health & Science Center. Keep in mind this was intended for an audience of medical professionals, so if you don’t understand some of the language used in the talk you can post your questions here.

http://ms.barrowmedia.com/Mediasite/Play/83f7ce3665a14bcca219212428e24d3f1d

 

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Pituitary Center

margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Resistant Prolactinomas January 23, 2015

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The Pituitary Center at Barrow Neurological Institute offers continuing education conferences that seek to expand knowledge about neuroendocrine conditions like Cushing’s disease, Acromegaly, Pituitary Adenomas, and other pituitary related disorders.

“Resistant Prolactinomas” was presented Dr. Laura Knecht, Medical Director of the Barrow Pituitary Center, and is highly respected for her work in this field. Keep in mind this was intended for an audience of medical professionals, so if you don’t understand some of the language used in the talk you can post your questions here.

http://ms.barrowmedia.com/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/ba10ec5f398e4b5e82d819cecc9b703d21

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Pituitary Center

margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas January 23, 2015

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The Pituitary Center  at Barrow Neurological Institute offers continuing education conferences that seek to expand knowledge about neuroendocrine conditions like Cushing’s disease, Acromegaly, Pituitary Adenomas, and other pituitary related disorders.

Nonfunctioning Pituitary Adenomas” was presented Dr. Andrew Little, Co-Director of the Barrow Pituitary Center, and is highly respected for his work in this field. Keep in mind this was intended for an audience of medical professionals, so if you don’t understand some of the language used in the talk you can post your questions here.

http://ms.barrowmedia.com/Mediasite/Catalog/Full/ba10ec5f398e4b5e82d819cecc9b703d21

Regards, Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA

Neuroscience Program Coordinator

Barrow Pituitary Center

margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Ebola Preparedness December 3, 2014

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We have all been following the developments of the Ebola outbreak and we want to let you, our communities, know what Dignity Health is doing to prepare. Although there are currently no confirmed cases of Ebola in Arizona, we continue to hold those affected by this disease in our thoughts and prayers.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the risk of Ebola becoming an epidemic in this country is very low. Nonetheless, we are taking the threat very seriously. To prepare for the unlikely event that an Ebola patient comes to our hospital, we want to let you know about the steps we are taking.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

Visual Changes Caused by Pituitary Tumors November 11, 2014

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The pituitary gland is located at the base of the brain, behind the bridge of the nose, and beneath the optic chiasm (which brings vision into the brain). It also lies between important nerves that control eye mobility. It is about one-half inch (1.25 cm) in diameter.

Patients with small pituitary tumors do not typically develop visual symptoms. However, if a pituitary tumor has grown larger (usually more than 1 cm), a patient can develop visual loss in one or both eyes. In some cases, based on which part of the visual system is affected by a growing pituitary tumor, there can be reduced peripheral vision to both sides. When these changes happen gradually, they can sometimes be difficult to notice. Patients can also develop double vision in which they see two images instead of one. This occurs when the pituitary tumor compresses the nerves that control eye mobility. When the eyes are not aligned correctly, the brain will see double images.

MRI scans can identify a pituitary tumor and determine if it is pushing on the optic nerve or optic chiasm. In addition to this study, your physician should perform a number of tests to check if the pituitary tumor is affecting vision. The examination will include functional assessment of visual acuity, color vision, peripheral vision, eye movements, and the appearance of the retina and optic nerve.

Neuro-ophthalmology is a sub-specialty of both Neurology and Ophthalmology, which focuses on diseases of the nervous system that affect vision, control of eye movements, or pupillary reflexes. Thorough visual testing from a board certified neuro-ophthalmologist is crucial for those suffering with pituitary tumors.

The Barrow Pituitary Center is thrilled to announce the newest addition to our team. Dr. Jane Chan is Director of Neuro-ophthalmology at Barrow Neurological Institute, where she specializes in eye conditions related to neurological disorders. Not only will Dr. Chan provide clinical expertise to our patients before and after surgery, but she will also participate in research efforts and support professional education at the local level as well as internationally. Click here to read more about Jane Chan, MD.

Regards,

Maggie Bobrowitz, RN, MBA
Neuroscience Program Coordinator
Barrow Pituitary Center
margaret.bobrowitz@dignityhealth.org

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