Navy helicopter pilot with a juxtasellar mass: case report with aeromedical considerations

Aviat Space Environ Med. 1990 Dec;61(12):1141-4.


A Navy helicopter pilot was found to have a suprasellar mass during evaluation for primary infertility and mildly elevated prolactin level. Extensive evaluation revealed no other abnormalities. After 1 year of followup without radiographic tumor enlargement, he was returned to flying duties with continuing medical monitoring. Aeromedical considerations for tumors in the juxtasellar region are reviewed, including neuroendocrine disorders, neuro-ophthalmologic defects, and neurological impairment. The impact of improved diagnostic capabilities on aeromedical disposition is discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aerospace Medicine*
  • Aircraft
  • Bromocriptine / administration & dosage
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Hyperprolactinemia / drug therapy
  • Hyperprolactinemia / etiology
  • Hypothalamic Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Hypothalamic Neoplasms / physiopathology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Sella Turcica / pathology*
  • Sella Turcica / physiopathology


  • Bromocriptine