Pituitary and ovarian abnormalities demonstrated by CT and ultrasound in children with features of the McCune-Albright syndrome

Radiology. 1984 Nov;153(2):389-93. doi: 10.1148/radiology.153.2.6385106.


In a random series of 97 children referred to the National Institutes of Health with a presumptive diagnosis of precocious puberty, eight girls were found to have features of the McCune-Albright syndrome, including fibrous dysplasia of bone and/or skin lesions resembling café au lait spots. Two girls had the classic triad. Radiographic evaluation of these patients included computed tomography of the head and pelvic ultrasound. The pituitary glands were suspicious for abnormality in five of the eight girls. Seven girls underwent pelvic ultrasound, and in all of them the ovaries were considered to be abnormal for their chronological age; in addition, two had functional ovarian cysts. The role of diagnostic radiological studies in the diagnosis of this syndrome is discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Fibrous Dysplasia of Bone / diagnosis*
  • Fibrous Dysplasia, Polyostotic / diagnosis*
  • Fibrous Dysplasia, Polyostotic / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Ovarian Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Ovarian Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Pituitary Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Pituitary Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Puberty, Precocious / diagnosis*
  • Puberty, Precocious / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*
  • Ultrasonography