Empty sella associated with growth hormone deficiency and polydactyly

Rom J Morphol Embryol. 2018;59(1):381-384.


Empty sella means the absence of the pituitary gland on cranial computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. Empty sella syndrome is the pathological variant of the imaging-described empty sella. We present the case of a male Caucasian child, aged four years and two months, for short stature and diagnosed by imaging procedures as empty sella. The cause of short stature was isolated growth hormone (GH) deficiency. Associated he presented left hand postaxial polydactyly. In connection with this particular case, we propose a review of current knowledge in empty sella syndrome. The particularity of reported case consists of association empty sella with GH deficiency and polydactyly. The association of empty sella with polydactyly is not reported yet in the medical literature and is probably coincidental.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child, Preschool
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / etiology*
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / pathology
  • Growth Hormone / deficiency*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Polydactyly / etiology*
  • Polydactyly / pathology


  • Growth Hormone