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APMIS. 1999 Oct;107(10):937-44.

Malformations of cranial base structures and pituitary gland in prenatal Meckel syndrome.

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Department of Pathology, Hvidovre University Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark.


The sella turcica region, including the clivus and the pituitary gland, was studied histologically in five human fetuses with Meckel syndrome (MS). All cases had malformed sella turcica and malformed clivus with irregularly shaped notochordal remnants. We consider that these three characteristics are constant phenotypic traits in MS. The adenohypophysis was present in three cases. In one of these, ectopia of the gland occurred with adenopituitary tissue overlying the dorsum sella, and in another remnants were found in the pharyngeal submucosa. In two fetuses the neurohypophysis was not found. The findings in the region were compared to normal findings and to findings in trisomy 18, where cranial base structures radiographically appeared similar to those in MS. We conclude that in MS specific characteristics are found in the cranial base region and that radiographic analysis needs to be supplemented by histological analysis when studying this specific region.

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