Craniopharyngioma

Case contributed by Dr Marlon Garcia H

Presentation

Headache and visual defects.

Patient Data

Age: 8 years
MRI

MRI Brain

Intra and supra sellar mass measuring 3cm in its largest axis and compresses the optic chiasm is hypointense on T1 and hyperintense on T2 (predominantly cystic component with mural nodule) .

After contrast demonstrates a suprasellar predominantly cystic mass with peripheral enhancement.

Case Discussion

The patient initially presented with headaches, although deteriorated over the course of a year. Upon development of visual deficits they were subsequently referred to our service for imaging evaluation.

Craniopharyngioma is the third of three pathologies derived from Rathke's cleft epithelium.
Technically these are benign tumors, but unlike Rathke's cleft cysts, they have thick walls and are locally invasive.

 

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Case information

rID: 39548
Published: 16th Sep 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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