Intrasellar paraganglioma: A case report and review of the literature

N. Boari, M. Losa, P. Mortini, S. Snider, M. R. Terreni, M. Giovanelli

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Intrasellar paragangliomas are very rare lesions with only six previous cases described in the literature. We present a further case of intrasellar paraganglioma. The patient was a 52 yr-old man who developed two transient ischemic attacks. A CT scan showed an intra- and supra-sellar expanding lesion, which was regarded as a possible non-functioning pituitary macro-adenoma. Removal of the lesion was accomplished by transsphenoidal surgery. Histological examination was diagnostic of a paraganglioma. We review the literature and discuss pathological features and possible pathogenesis of sellar and parasellar paragangliomas, underlining the necessity to consider paraganglioma in the differential diagnosis of sellar lesions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1311-1314
Number of pages4
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2006


  • Intrasellar neoplasm
  • Paraganglioma
  • Pituitary tumour
  • Sella turcica
  • Transsphenoidal surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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