Incidence of cerebral infarction after radiotherapy for pituitary adenoma

John C. Flickinger, Paul B. Nelson, Floyd H. Taylor, Alan Robinson

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The incidence of cerebral infarction was studied in 156 patients irradiated for treatment of pituitary adenomas. Seven patients experienced strokes at intervals of 3.2 to 14.6 years after irradiation. The observed incidence was not significantly greater than the expected value of 3.5 strokes (P = 0.078). Six strokes occurred in patients receiving equivalent doses (ED) of 1070 ret or more (observed to expected ratio 3.87, significantly elevated; P < 0.001). Univariate log‐rank analysis showed that the risk of stroke was significantly higher (P = 0.010) in patients receiving an ED of 1070 ret or more (4180 cGy/22 fractions) than those receiving lower doses. Multivariate analysis, however, demonstrated that the increased risk of stroke was associated only with increasing age (P < 0.0001), not ED (P = 0.148). Due to these inconsistent statistical results, no definitive conclusions could be reached about the relationship between radiation dose to the pituitary and subsequent cerebral infarction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2404-2408
Number of pages5
Issue number12
StatePublished - Jun 15 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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