✓ Tumors of the posterior pituitary are rare and the previous nomenclature has been confusing. A 40-year-old man presented with visual failure and disconnection hyperprolactinemia (830 mU/liter) due to a large invasive pituitary tumor shown to be a pituicytoma (pilocytic astrocytoma). Its astrocytic nature was confirmed by positive immunostaining for glial fibrillary acidic protein and the finding of cytoplasmic filaments on electron microscopy. This case report contains the pathological description of a pituicytoma and illustrates that a non-adenomatous pituitary lesion may masquerade as a pituitary adenoma. Large pituitary lesions associated with serum prolactin concentrations of less than 3000 mU/liter require early surgical biopsy.
Marco L. Rossi, John S. Bevan, Margaret M. Esiri, John T. Hughes and Christopher B. T. Adams
Brian R. Curtis, Rory J. Petteys, Christopher T. Rossi, Robert F. Keating and Suresh N. Magge
Aneurysmal bone cyst (ABC) is an uncommon benign, tumorlike lesion of bone that is usually located in the long bones and spine. On rare occasions, ABCs are found in the bones of the cranial vault and skull base, occasionally causing mass effect and cranial nerve findings. In this report the authors detail the case of a patient who presented with incidentally discovered hydrocephalus due to a large ABC of the occipital bone that produced mass effect and obstruction of CSF. The diagnosis, imaging findings, and surgical management of this interesting and rare case are discussed.