Persisting recessus infundibuli and empty sella. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1982 Sep;57(3):410-2. doi: 10.3171/jns.1982.57.3.0410.


In a patient with thrombosis of the central retinal artery, plain skull radiographs showed an enlarged sella turcica and computerized tomography revealed ventricular dilatation. Neuroradiological examination demonstrated stenosis of the Sylvian aqueduct and an unusual type of empty sella due to intrasellar persistence of the recessus infundibuli and the presence of an intrasellar arachnoidocele. The former anomaly has been reported in only three cases; in none of them was it associated with the latter abnormality.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arachnoid / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Diseases / complications
  • Brain Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Ventricles / abnormalities*
  • Cysts / complications
  • Cysts / diagnostic imaging
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Empty Sella Syndrome / etiology*
  • Humans
  • Hydrocephalus / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pituitary Gland / diagnostic imaging
  • Sella Turcica / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed