Adult hydrocephalus and the empty sella

Acta Neurol Scand. 1984 Sep;70(3):201-3. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.1984.tb00820.x.


A 51-year-old man presented with a pituitary apoplexy with symptoms and signs predominantly of meningitis. Later on, hydrocephalus and an empty sella were disclosed. It is likely that the empty sella and the hydrocephalus were both caused by the adenoma necrosis. Based on this case and cases reported in the literature, it is suggested that concomitant presence of an empty sella and hydrocephalus results from necrosis in a pre-existing pituitary adenoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenoma / complications
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Shunts
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / etiology*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Necrosis
  • Pituitary Diseases / complications*
  • Pituitary Neoplasms / complications