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Rare disease
Pituitary stalk craniopharyngioma
  1. Eberval Gadelha Figueiredo,
  2. Leonardo Christiaan Welling,
  3. Jose Weber Vieira de Faria,
  4. Manoel Jacobsen Teixeira
  1. Division of Neurological Surgery, University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil
  1. Correspondence to Leonardo Christiaan Welling, leonardowelling{at}


Craniopharyngiomas are benign but aggressive neoplasms arising along the craniopharyngeal duct. It is frequently located in the suprasellar region. Primarily pituitary stalk craniopharyngioma is unusual and uncommonly early diagnosed, before it enlarges and extends to supra or parasselar region. This unusual location and the small size pose therapeutic dilemmas, since it has the ability to grow larger. Currently, no consensus exists regarding the optimal management. The authors have recommended complete resection.

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