Ectopic Pituitary Adenoma Presenting as a Clival Mass

Cureus. 2019 Feb 28;11(2):e4158. doi: 10.7759/cureus.4158.


Pituitary adenomas are well described in the literature and are frequently observed and treated in clinical practice by neurosurgeons. On the other hand, ectopic adenomas are a diagnostic enigma; a good understanding of anatomy and radiological characteristics is crucial for the successful management of such pathologies. In this paper, we describe the case of a 77-year-old woman who presented with a clival mass invading the left cavernous sinus; we also discuss the associated diagnostic techniques, approaches, imaging options, and characteristics.

Keywords: clival mass; histology; pituitary adenoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports