Pituitary region mass (mnemonic)

Useful mnemonics for remembering the differentials for pituitary region masses (in addition to macroadenoma) are:

  • SATCHMO 1,2
  • MOuSTACHE
  • SOME ACTH HORMONE

Mnemonics

SATCHMO

Some prefer adding an E at the end and moving 'histiocytosis' to this last letter as:

MOuSTACHE
SOME ACTH HORMONE

History and etymology

As the word Satchmo is best known as the nickname of Louis Armstrong, it is probably best to omit the ending E, especially as the term histiocytosis is preferred to eosinophilic granuloma.

Article information

rID: 4617
Section: Mnemonics
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • SOME ACTH Hormone
  • MOuSTACHE (mnemonic)
  • SATCHMO (mnemonic)
  • SATCHMOE (mnemonic)
  • Pituitary region masses (mnemonic) -SATCHMO

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: hamartoma
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  • Case 2: meningioma
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  • Case 3: craniopharyngioma
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  • Case 4: Rathke cleft cyst
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  • Case 5: metastasis
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  • Case 6: macroadenoma
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  • Case 7: aneurysm
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