Pituitary Abscess Presenting as an Adenoma: A Case Report and Review of Literature

Akram Khan, Khurram Khan, Anantha N. Manepali, Richard D. Bucholz, Kent R Wehmeier


We report the case of a patient with a pituitary abscess who presented four months postpartum with pituitary insufficiency and a mass lesion diagnosed as an adenoma. The mass was found to be a sterile abscess at surgery. A pituitary abscess, although rare, should be kept in mind during evaluation for hypopituiarism and sellar masses,  especially with systemic signs of infection. Treatment consists of debridement, systemic administration of antibiotics, and hormonal replacement.



Pituitary abscess; sellar mass; infection; pituitary adenoma

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5915/39-2-6492

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