Central diabetes insipidus as first clinical sign of cerebral germinoma: Case reports

G. Corneli, G. Di Dio, F. Zanetta, S. Savastio, A. Saccagno, S. Giacoma, F. Prodam, G. Pastore, S. Bellone, M. Maghnie, Gianni Bona

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Abstract

Clinical presentation of germinomas depends on tumor localization with symptoms due to compression of cerebral structures. Two cases (male children) are presented, referred for polyuria and polydipsia. During follow-up also anterior pituitary function became insufficient with slow growth velocity. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a lack of posterior pituitary gland and partial pituitary stalk enlargement with a bifocal lesion. Describing these case reports, the importance is stressed not only of a precocious diagnosis in order to improve prognosis of the disease, but also the need of careful follow-up in those patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)288-292
Number of pages5
JournalItalian Journal of Pediatrics
Volume33
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2007

Keywords

  • Central diabetes insipidus
  • Childhood
  • Germinoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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