Sternberg's canal--cause of congenital sphenoidal meningocele

Eur Arch Otorhinolaryngol. 2000;257(8):430-2. doi: 10.1007/s004050000235.


We present a case of a 29-year-old female complaining of right-sided watery nasal discharge. Radiological investigations identified an intrasphenoidal meningocele. The origin of the meningocele was pinpointed to the right parasellar region and was confirmed surgically. The parasellar bony defect appeared to be due to persistence of the lateral craniopharyngeal canal (Sternberg's canal). Therefore, we assume a congenital origin for the intrasphenoidal meningocele found in the patient. Acquired bony defects of the sphenoid sinus are unlikely at the fusion planes of the different sphenoid bone components. Knowledge of the complex ontogeny of the sphenoid bone is an important key to differentiating between congenital and acquired sphenoid sinus meningoceles.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / diagnosis
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea / etiology
  • Exudates and Transudates
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Meningocele / complications
  • Meningocele / diagnostic imaging*
  • Meningocele / surgery
  • Sphenoid Bone / abnormalities*
  • Sphenoid Bone / diagnostic imaging*
  • Sphenoid Bone / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed