Pituitary macroadenoma

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Patient presenting with visual disturbance.

Patient Data

Age: Adult

MRI pituitary

MRI demonstrating a large pituitary macroadenoma not only extending superiorly out of the enlarged fossa and compressing the optic chiasm, but also extending anteriorly into the sphenoid sinus. 

Case Discussion

This patient went on to have a transphenoidal resection which confirmed the presence of a pituitary adenoma. This case illustrates the somewhat 'ground glass' like enhancement of pituitary tissue, compared to the brighter enhancement seen with metastases, lymphoma or meningioma.

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Case information

rID: 2648
Published: 7th May 2008
Last edited: 24th Dec 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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