Papillary craniopharyngioma

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard
Diagnosis certain

Patient Data

Age: Adult

Note: This case has been tagged as "legacy" as it no longer meets image preparation and/or other case publication guidelines.


Pituitary region MRI demonstrates a suprasellar mass which is predominantly cystic with a small enhancing posterosuperior nodule. The mass elevates and distorts the optic chiasm but does not extend into the pituitary fossa.

Case Discussion

Features are consistent with a papillary craniopharyngioma which was confirmed histologically. 


Sections show a papillary tumor with a fibrovascular core covered by a multilayered collection of well-differentiated epithelial cells. The basal layer of cells show a degree of nuclear palisading and there are focal areas with a loose, microcystic pattern. There is no obvious keratin formation.

Final diagnosis: Suprasellar nodule; papillary craniopharyngioma.

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