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Abscess inside craniopharyngioma: diagnostic and management implications


Abscess inside the pituitary fossa is very rare. Such abscess can be primary, occurring in an otherwise healthy pituitary gland, or secondary, developing inside a diseased gland (ie, harbouring craniopharyngioma, Rathke’s cleft cyst, etc). Secondary pituitary abscess inside a craniopharyngioma remains an extremely rare occurrence. Our literature search revealed only six such cases reported so far. In this report, we present the seventh case of craniopharyngioma with abscess in a 38-year-old woman. We describe the uniqueness of the clinical presentation of our case, the radiological pointers to the possible diagnosis and the management issues in our patient. A review of literature is also included to provide a comprehensive picture of this rare condition to the readers.

  • infection (neurology)
  • neuroendocrinology
  • neuroimaging
  • radiology
  • neurosurgery

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