Intracranial germinomas arising primarily within the sella turcica are extremely rare. Preoperative diagnosis is difficult to establish even with sophisticated procedures. Diabetes insipidus is the main clinical manifestation. The authors report a case of an apparently primary intrasellar germinoma causing subclinical pituitary apoplexy in a 12-year-old boy. The transsphenoidal approach and appropriate radiotherapeutic management were employed with a good outcome.