Empty sella - CT findings

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell

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Incidental finding on CT for ? stroke

Patient Data

Age: 75
Gender: Male
CT

Enlarged fluid (CSF) filled pituitary fossa.  The stalk (arrow) is present and the atrophic gland plastered up against the posterior wall; typical of this condition.  In general patients are not hypopituitary.  The diaphragma sellae is deficient allowing CSF to enter the sella however not enough to allow the chiasm or hypothalamus to prolapse.  CSF pulsation enlarges the sella.

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Case information

rID: 20261
Case created: 8th Nov 2012
Last edited: 8th Feb 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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