Pituitary macroadenoma (teaching)

Case contributed by UoE Radiology


Adult presenting with headache and visual problems.

Patient Data

Age: Adult


This MRI shows a large pituitary macroadenoma.

Not only does it grow superiorly (displacing and compressing the optic chiasm) it also invades the sphenoid sinus anteriorly.

Case Discussion

Pituitary tumors are common with studies suggesting a prevalence of 1 in 1000.

Often tumors of this size are managed surgically (usually trans-sphenoidal resection) but medical management (e.g. bromocriptine) can be used for some smaller lesions.

All cases should have a multi-disciplinary approach with neurosurgery, ophthalmology and endocrine input and management.




Thanks to Dr Frank Gaillard for contributing this case, which can be viewed here.

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Case information

rID: 34480
Published: 23rd Feb 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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