Suprasellar tubercular abscess presenting as panhypopituitarism: a common lesion in an uncommon site with a brief review of literature

Pituitary. 2006;9(1):73-7. doi: 10.1007/s11102-006-5420-2.


Following widespread use of imaging, detection rate of abnormal sites of parenchymal neuro-tuberculosis is on a rise. A handful of cases of tuberculomas/abscesses in hypothalamo-pituitary region have been reported and most of them are diagnosed on surgical histopathology. We describe a patient of suprasellar tubercular abscess, who presented with visual disturbances, diabetes insipidus with panhypopituitarism and on histopathology had granulomas and positive acid fast bacilli.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antitubercular Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Central Nervous System Cysts / diagnosis*
  • Central Nervous System Cysts / microbiology
  • Central Nervous System Cysts / pathology
  • Humans
  • Hypopituitarism / etiology*
  • Hypopituitarism / pathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Tuberculosis / diagnosis*
  • Tuberculosis / drug therapy
  • Tuberculosis / pathology


  • Antitubercular Agents