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Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2013 Oct;115(10):1943-50. doi: 10.1016/j.clineuro.2013.07.032. Epub 2013 Aug 6.

Childhood giant pituicytoma: a report and review of the literature.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Beijing Tiantan Hospital, Capital Medical University, Beijing 100050, PR China.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Pituicytoma is a rare, benign, primary tumour, almost all of which occur in adults. Here, we present one case of giant pituicytoma in a boy and a review literature to assist in understanding its natural history, behaviour, clinicopathological features and treatment options.

METHODS:

A PUBMED search using the keywords "pituicytoma" was performed, and the citations were reviewed.

RESULTS:

We found 65 cases of pituicytomas, including our report, in the international literature to date; among these cases, only three were diagnosed in patients under 14 years old.

CONCLUSION:

Pituicytoma is a slow-growing, rare, low-grade glial neoplasm that originates in the neurohypophysis. Currently, the optimal treatment is gross total resection, and confirmed diagnosis relies upon pathological tests. Regular MRI follow-up is recommended.

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KEYWORDS:

Clinicopathological features; Paediatric; Pituicytoma; Treatment

PMID:
23962759
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