Craniopharyngioma of the cranial base and nasopharynx

Surg Neurol. 1987 Feb;27(2):191-4. doi: 10.1016/0090-3019(87)90295-3.


A rare case of craniopharyngioma extending to the cranial base and nasopharynx is reported and eight other cases in the literature are reviewed. The embryology and the clinical features of these tumors are discussed. Tomograms of the skull and computed tomography are the most useful radiological tools of investigation. A nasoseptal or transpalatal approach to surgery, which has been performed in reported cases of cystic nasopharyngeal craniopharyngiomas, was not performed on our patient because of the hard consistency and the diffusely infiltrating aspect of the tumor.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Craniopharyngioma / diagnostic imaging*
  • Craniopharyngioma / radiotherapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Nasopharyngeal Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Skull Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Skull Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Tomography
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed