Pituicytoma. Case report and literature review

Fernando Alfredo Velandia Hurtado, Jorge Enrique Aponte, Humberto José Madriñán Navia , Yency Forero, Yuliana Cuellar Anturi

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Pituicytoma is a rare glial tumour located in the sellar
and/or suprasellar region of the brain, it originates from
pituicytes, and they were included in the World Health
Organization (WHO) Classification of Central Nervous
System Tumours in 2017. As mentioned above it originates
from pituicytes cells in the posterior pituitary near the
infundibulum. Histological characteristics permits
classification and identification among other central
nervous system tumours localized in the posterior pituitary
or infundibulum. WHO classification describes them as
grades such as grade I tumour which has a differentiated
structure composed of spindle-shaped cells presumably
derived from pituicytes. We report the case of a 37-year-old
woman who developed a suprasellar tumour and that it was
discovered following a past medical history of amenorrhoea
and migraines. Once the lesion was detected in images, the
patient rejected surgical treatment even when she
developed galactorrhea and preferred medical treatment
with cabergoline. However, two years later she developed
visual defects due to increase in size by that time accepting surgical treatment. A review of the literature including most
common clinical and radiological features of this entity as
well as treatment protocols proposed are discussed.
Translated title of the contributionPituitoma. Informe de casos y revisión de la literatura
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)240-244
Number of pages4
JournalAustralasian Medical Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2018


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