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Turk Neurosurg. 2008 Jul;18(3):232-5.

A rare case of pituitary adenoma with calcification: a case report.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Neurosciences Centre. All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi - 110029, India.


Though craniopharyngioma remains the most common sellar suprasellar tumor with calcification, it can be seen very rarely in pituitary adenomas and Rathke's cleft cysts. Appreciation of the pattern of calcification in a sellar suprasellar lesion can give a clue to the nature of the lesion. The authors describe a 53-yearold male with a cystic sellar suprasellar lesion and curvilinear calcification that was managed by successful transsphenoidal surgery. The present case highlights the occurrence of calcification in a pituitary adenoma and the importance of recognizing the calcification pattern for pre-operative diagnosis of sellar suprasellar lesions that can help plan the surgical strategy and management.

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