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Neurocirugia (Astur). 2009 Feb;20(1):50-3.

Recurrent meningitis and persistence of craniopharyngeal canal: case report.

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Paediatric Neurosurgery Department. Hospital Infantil Doce de Octubre. Madrid, Spain.



Craniopharyngeal Canal is a rare malformation of the sphenoid bone described in up to 0.42% of the asymptomatic population. It's been related to the development of the Rathke's pouch during embrionary period although some authors think it's a vestige of a former vascular channel.


This report details a case of a four and a half years old child that developed recurrent meningitis associated with this anomaly. Its origin, clinical manifestations and treatment options are discussed.


Due to its low incidence and diagnostic difficulties, a high suspicion index is required while studying a case of recurrent meningitis or CSF leakage. Surgical approach is still controversial.

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