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    Sagittal and coronal unenhanced T1-weighted magnetic resonance images demonstrating the relatively high signal from the Rathke cleft cyst within the sella. Same patient as Figs. 2 and 3.

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    Intraoperative microscopic camera slide of the sterile, dirty yellow, pus-like contents of the Rathke cleft cyst exuding from the opening in the sella dura. Same patient as Figs. 1 and 3.

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    A Rathke cleft cyst composed of a single layer of ciliated columnar epithelium lining a delicate fibrous capsule. Same patient as Figs. 1 and 2. H & E, original magnification × 200.

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    A Rathke cleft cyst displaying focal metaplastic squamous proliferation. The fibrous capsule contains moderate inflammatory infiltrates of neutrophils and lymphocytes. In other areas of the same lesion, frank squamous metaplasia and dense chronic inflammatory infiltrates was observed. H & E, original magnification × 100.

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    Vates GEWachhorst SPBollen ALet al: Diagnosis and management of Rathke's cysts in 134 patients in American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting April 8–13 2000. San Francisco: AANS2000 p 75 (Abstract)Vates GE Wachhorst SP Bollen AL et al: Diagnosis and management of Rathke's cysts in 134 patients in American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting April 8–13 2000. San Francisco: AANS 2000 p 75 (Abstract)

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