Suprasellar meningioma

Case contributed by Dr Abdallah Al Khateeb


Headaches, degrading visual acuity and generalized weakness.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Female

A large soft tissue mass expanding the sella turcica, causing bony destruction and obliteration of the sphenoid sinuses, with extension into the suprasellar cistern. The clivus is eroded and not well maintained. The mass extends into the pontine cistern.

It is slightly hyperdense on the non-enhanced CT and there are foci of calcifications. Post-contrast images show diffuse enhancement.


The mass is isointense on T1, slightly hyperintense on T2/FLAIR, with internal low SI foci of cacifications. Thin low SI rim encases the lesion, best seen on the sagittal images. 

A small branching vessel is coursing through the lesion. 

The cavernous ICA's are displaced laterally, but with preserved signal void.

Case Discussion


Description: The tumor cell are immunoreactive for vimentin, EMA, S100, and immunonegative for synaptophysin, HMB45, CD34 and GFAP.

Diagnosis: Meningioma (WHO grade I).

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Case information

rID: 44909
Published: 8th May 2016
Last edited: 8th May 2016
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