Ectopic suprasellar pituitary adenoma: A case report

F. Caranci, L. Cirillo, F. Bartiromo, M. Ferraioli, M. L. Del Basso De Caro, F. Esposito, P. Cappabianca, A. Brunetti, R. Elefante

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The occurrence of a pituitary adenoma located entirely outside the sella turcica, socalled ectopic adenoma, is extremely rare. We report a case of a non secreting-pituitary adenoma located above the diaphragma sellae, with no invasion into the sella turcica, confirmed at surgery. The tumor was initially treated unsuccessfully by operations via the transphenoidal route. After initial negative exploration by the transphenoidal route, the patient was successfully treated by an endoscopic endonasal transphenoidal approach extended to the tuberculum sellae and the posterior planum sphenoidale to access the suprasellar supraglandular region. A brief review of ectopic adenomas and a discussion of the preoperative diagnosis are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)731-735
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroradiology Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • Ectopic
  • Pituitary adenoma
  • Supradiaphragmatic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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