Meningioma-tuberculum sellae

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Left optic nerve atrophy on the ophthalmological exam.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Female

The MRI sequences demonstrate a sellar and suprasellar soft tissue mass with a suprasellar epicenter. It shows an intermediate signal intensity on T1WI and T2WI with intense and homogeneous enhancement on postcontrast sequences. The suprasellar component compresses the optic chiasma mainly its left lateral portion with an abnormal thinning of the left optic nerve as compared to the right side. The pituitary gland is well-visualized on all sequences with homogeneous enhancement. The pituitary stalk is displaced posteriorly. On sagittal postcontrast sequences there is a dural tail sign at the anterior margin of the mass, and on the coronal sequences, the dura of the diaphragm sella is displaced inferiorly, indicating the suprasellar origin of the mass. This mass encases partially the supraclinoid portion of both carotid arteries, with no significant reduction of their caliber on MRA sequence


Case Discussion

This case demonstrates the MRI features of a tuberculum sellae meningioma.

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Case information

rID: 66564
Published: 25th Feb 2019
Last edited: 27th Feb 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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