Craniopharyngioma

Case contributed by Dr Lee-Anne Slater

Presentation

Presented with headaches.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male
MRI

A mass expanding the pituitary fossa and demonstrating predominantly downward growth. 

This mass was seen to be separate from and displace the pituitary superiorly. There was no invasion of the cavernous sinus or carotid arteries with these vessels seen draped over the mass.

Within the mass, there was areas of low T2 signal which on the non contrast CT were seen to correspond to areas of calcification.

There is no significant contrast enhancement.

The above findings make this most likely a craniopharyngioma arising in the pituitary fossa with predominantly downward growth.

Case Discussion

This patient presented with a diagnosis of pituitary adenoma made on a non-contrast CT performed at another hospital.

An MRI was performed which demonstrated a mass expanding the pituitary fossa and demonstrating predominantly downward growth. 

This mass was seen to be separate from and displaces the pituitary gland superiorly. There was no invasion of the cavernous sinuses or carotid arteries with these vessels seen draped over the mass.

Within the mass, there were areas of low T2W signal which on prior non contrast CT were seen to correspond to areas of calcification.

There is no significant contrast enhancement.

The above findings make this most likely a craniopharyngioma arising in the pituitary fossa with predominantly downward growth.

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Case information

rID: 12890
Published: 28th Jan 2011
Last edited: 5th Mar 2020
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