Sublabial transsphenoidal surgical removal of pituitary tumors is a common procedure with minimal complications. Although many investigators have reported oral sensory compromises following surgery, none has reported any postoperative compromise in speaking ability. In this article, we describe the case of a 33-year-old woman who developed transient but severe speech symptoms after she underwent sublabial transsphenoidal surgery. This case prompted us to undertake a brief retrospective analysis of our experience with this procedure in other patients, which revealed that speech compromise is far more common than heretofore realized.
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