Non-pituitary origin sellar tumours mimicking pituitary macroadenomas

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Abstract

Although the large majority of sellar tumours are pituitary adenomas, several other pituitary and non-pituitary origin tumours arise in the sellar and parasellar regions. Given their location, non-adenomatous lesions frequently mimic pituitary macroadenomas and can pose a diagnostic challenge for the radiologist. Distinguishing rare sellar lesions from the common macroadenoma helps to direct the correct surgical approach and reduce the risk of incomplete resection and/or complications such as cerebrospinal fluid leak with the potential for meningitis. The purpose of this article is to review the imaging features of non-pituitary-origin sellar tumours, focusing on characteristics that may distinguish them from pituitary macroadenomas. Lesions include meningioma, metastatic disease, epidermoid cyst, germinoma, chondrosarcoma, giant cell tumour, and giant aneurysm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)821-827
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Radiology
Volume67
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2012

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Pituitary Neoplasms
Germinoma
Giant Cell Tumors
Epidermal Cyst
Neoplasms
Chondrosarcoma
Meningioma
Meningitis
Aneurysm

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Non-pituitary origin sellar tumours mimicking pituitary macroadenomas. / Abele, T. A.; Yetkin, Z. F.; Raisanen, J. M.; Mickey, B. E.; Mendelsohn, D. B.

In: Clinical Radiology, Vol. 67, No. 8, 08.2012, p. 821-827.

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