Craniopharyngioma (adamantinomatous)

Case contributed by Dr Dario Giambelluca


Headache and nausea for 25 days. Female patient who had not achieved menarche at 18 years old.

Patient Data

Age: 18
Gender: Female

Non-contrast CT shows a sellar-suprasellar mass (maximum diameter 5,5 cm x 5 cm), predominantly cystic, multiloculated, partially solid, with calcification inside. This lesion causes compression of the midbrain and the third ventricle, resulting in expansion of both lateral ventricles, with periventricular hypodensity, due to transependymal edema.

Authors of this case are: Dr. Dario Giambelluca, Dr. Francesco Amato, Dr. Fabio Cannizzaro.

Case Discussion

Features are consistent with an adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma:

  1. pediatric patient
  2. headaches
  3. hormonal imbalances: primary amenorrhea
  4. involving both the suprasellar and intrasellar spaces
  5. CT features: multiloculated cystic lesions; solid component and calcification are present.
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Case information

rID: 50979
Published: 6th Feb 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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