Rathke cleft cyst - big

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

CT Brain

Enhancing CT images showing a cystic lesion within the sella and suprasellar area. No contrast-enhancement or wall thickness.


MRI Brain (selected images)

There is a large sellar and predominantly suprasellar cyst characterized by thin walls and homogeneous content similar to the CSF signal.

Case Discussion

Final Diagnosis: Suprasellar cyst, resection: consistent with Rathke's cleft cyst.
Gross Description: The specimen is received in a single container labeled with the patient's demographics and SUPRASELLAR CYST. It consists of multiple fragments of thin translucent membranous tissue aggregating approximately to 0.8 cc in maximum volume.
Microscopic Description: Sections show fragments of a cyst wall lined by a continuous layer of benign cuboidal epithelium. In several fragments, normal anterior pituitary is intimately associated with the cyst wall. In other fragments, the cyst wall is supported by hypocellular fibrous connective tissue. The histologic appearance is consistent with Rathke's cleft cyst.

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Case information

rID: 5396
Published: 14th Jan 2009
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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