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Dr. James Goodrich
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Craniopharyngioma (Overview)

A craniopharyngioma is embryonic remnant tissue that can form a tumor in/around the pituitary. Although not malignant, it is a mass and can cause headaches, visual defects, and disrupt pituitary hormones, either by stimulating them, or decreasing them, and thus there are many different hormone disorders incld diabetes insipidus. Dx is by MRI or ct. It is usually successfully removed surgically.


Dr. James Goodrich
13 doctors shared insights

Craniopharyngioma (Overview)

A craniopharyngioma is embryonic remnant tissue that can form a tumor in/around the pituitary. Although not malignant, it is a mass and can cause headaches, visual defects, and disrupt pituitary hormones, either by stimulating them, or decreasing them, and thus there are many different hormone disorders incld diabetes insipidus. Dx is by MRI or ct. It is usually successfully removed surgically.


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Is a symptom of adult craniopharyngioma severe hand tremor?

Not usually: Hand tremor is a very common symptom and is associated with a wide variety of diseases and disorders. Adult craniopharyngioma is very rare. Are you yourself experiencing this symptom? ...Read more

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Can unexplained enlarged head be caused by craniopharyngioma?

Can unexplained enlarged head be caused by craniopharyngioma?

Indirectly: Craniopharyngiomas develop from residual cells of rathke's pouch and tend to arise from the superior margin of the pituitary gland. They may result in hydrocephalus, which may result in an enlarged head in a young child. ...Read more

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My son is a craniopharyngioma patient, total resection 6/11 (now panhypopituitarism). Oncologist earlier this week, ldh is 1001. What does this mean?

My son is a craniopharyngioma patient, total resection 6/11 (now panhypopituitarism). Oncologist earlier this week, ldh is 1001.  What does this mean?

Not good news.: Used in risk stratification system, four pretreatment laboratory findings were independent risk factors for tls(tumor lysis syndrome) serum ldh above laboratory normal values, serum creatinine?1.4 mg/dl (124 micromol/l), pretreatment serum uric acid >7.5 mg/dl (446 micromol/l), and white blood cell (WBC) count?25, 000/microl. ...Read more

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Can females with craniopharyngioma give birth and survive?

Can females with craniopharyngioma give birth and survive?

Yes,: Although with some difficulty, as both the disease and the treatment destroy the pituitary, stopping the menstrual cycle. Ivf and very careful endocrine management during pregnancy are probably necessary for successful outcome. ...Read more

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How can craniopharyngioma be cured?

How can craniopharyngioma be cured?

Craniopharyngioma: Surgery is the most common form of treatment for this tumor, in some cases radiation therapy might also be recommended. ...Read more

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Can you get rid of a cyst on the pituitary gland with medicine?

Can you get rid of a cyst on the pituitary gland with medicine?

Only prolactinomas: A cystic lump seen in the pituitary region on an MRI scan may represent one of several types of growths: a cystic pituitary adenoma, craniopharyngioma, rathke cleft cyst, or others that are less common. Of these different types of pituitary growths, only a specific type of pituitary adenoma that makes prolactin (i.e. Prolactinoma) responds to medication. The others need surgical therapy. ...Read more

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Why craniopharyngioma in childhood?

Why craniopharyngioma in childhood?

?why not in adult?: From the? I assume you wonder why it shows up in kids. Early rapid infant growth slows to a 5lb & 2-3 in /yr rate in the late toddler years. Over time this slow growing tumor slows the output of growth factors & other agents leading to symptoms like short stature, easy dehydration, vision changes, etc. Leading to dx. Puberty would not progress as expected in with this tumor in place. ...Read more

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How can craniopharyngioma be cured?

Craniopharyngioma: Surgery is the most common form of treatment for this tumor, in some cases radiation therapy might also be recommended. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: craniopharyngioma?

What is the definition or description of: craniopharyngioma?

Pitutary dysfunction: A craniopharyngioma is embryonic remnant tissue that can form a tumor in/around the pituitary. Although not malignant, it is a mass and can cause headaches, visual defects, and disrupt pituitary hormones, either by stimulating them, or decreasing them, and thus there are many hormone disorders incld diabetes insipidus. Dx is by MRI or ct. It is usually successfully removed surgically. ...Read more

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Can females with craniopharyngioma give birth and survive?

Yes,: Although with some difficulty, as both the disease and the treatment destroy the pituitary, stopping the menstrual cycle. Ivf and very careful endocrine management during pregnancy are probably necessary for successful outcome. ...Read more

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I want to know who the best surgeon for a craniopharyngioma is and where he is located?

I want to know who the best surgeon for a craniopharyngioma is and where he is located?

Many good ones!: There is not a single best surgeon for this type of brain tumor. You want a neurosurgeon who has experience with this type of tumor. Most university-affiliated cancer centers have neurosurgeons with this experience. Brain cancer support groups are a good place to ask patients about their surgeons. Here is a link for more info: http://tinyurl.com/l6s4hwe. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can unexplained enlarged head be caused by craniopharyngioma?

Indirectly: Craniopharyngiomas develop from residual cells of rathke's pouch and tend to arise from the superior margin of the pituitary gland. They may result in hydrocephalus, which may result in an enlarged head in a young child. ...Read more

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Are all pituitary tumors considered to be neuroendocrine in nature, and are craniopharyngiomas?

Are all pituitary tumors considered to be neuroendocrine in nature, and are craniopharyngiomas?

I would say not: Hi. No, I would say pituitary tumors aren't neuroendocrine (NE) tumors (nor are craniopharyngeomas). Generally the term "neuroendocrine" refers to nerve cells that secrete hormones. Examples would be hypothalamic neurons regulating the anterior pituitary, cells of the posterior pituitary, the adrenal medulla. A classic NE tumor is a carcinoid tumor; there are many examples, but not pit. Adenomas. ...Read more

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If vision was completely lost due to a craniopharyngioma, was the optic chiasm damaged or another part of the optic nerve?

If vision was completely lost due to a craniopharyngioma, was the optic chiasm damaged or another part of the optic nerve?

Report visual fields: If the chiasm was affected then, you'd have lost visual fields in BOTH eyes. If you had visual field loss only in one eye then, it is more likely that the problem is in front of or beyond the chiasm which could be than, an optic nerve or one set of optic radiations. ...Read more

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Why is pituitary adenoma infratentorial in adult tumors but craniopharyngioma is supratentorial in childhood?

Why is pituitary adenoma infratentorial in adult tumors but craniopharyngioma is supratentorial in childhood?

Sella Turcica: The tentorium cerebelli separates the cerebellum from the cerebrum. Supratentorial means ABOVE the tentorium and Infratentorial means BELOW. The pituitary gland sits in a special area called the hypophyseal fossa or sella turcia which is technically neither. Craniopharyngioma and pituitary adenoma grow SUPRATENTORIALLY in almost all cases, but rarely invade the clivus into the posterior fossa. ...Read more

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Is a symptom of adult craniopharyngioma severe hand tremor?

Not usually: Hand tremor is a very common symptom and is associated with a wide variety of diseases and disorders. Adult craniopharyngioma is very rare. Are you yourself experiencing this symptom? ...Read more

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My son is a craniopharyngioma patient, total resection 6/11 (now panhypopituitarism). Oncologist earlier this week, ldh is 1001. What does this mean?

Not good news.: Used in risk stratification system, four pretreatment laboratory findings were independent risk factors for tls(tumor lysis syndrome) serum ldh above laboratory normal values, serum creatinine?1.4 mg/dl (124 micromol/l), pretreatment serum uric acid >7.5 mg/dl (446 micromol/l), and white blood cell (WBC) count?25, 000/microl. ...Read more

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Greetings in peace! My husband is suffering from nausea and vomiting whenever he smells with garlic. ? He is post op craniotomy due to craniopharyngiom

Greetings in peace! My husband is suffering from nausea and vomiting whenever he smells with garlic.
? He is post op craniotomy due to craniopharyngiom

Food intolerance: His body is probably intolerant to the smell of garlic and feel nauseaous and the best cure is avoiding exposure to it. People who couldn't tolerrate coffee smell, onion smell, chocolate smell are there. It is not very abnormal. These are individual body mechanisms of adapting to environmental susbtances. ...Read more