Pituicytoma: overview of treatment strategies and outcome

Pituitary. 2012 Jun;15(2):227-36. doi: 10.1007/s11102-011-0317-0.


The pituicytoma is an extremely rare and little-studied primary tumour of the adult neurohypophysis. With total resection, the pituicytoma appears to have a good prognosis. However, its highly vascular nature makes total resection difficult and local recurrence after subtotal resection is not uncommon. To date, only 40 cases of pituicytoma have been reported in literature. In addition to our own case of a suprasellar pituicytoma, we are reviewing and discussing these with particular attention paid on the surgical management and outcome of this rare neoplasm.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / pathology
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / surgery