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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 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 a MRI scan may represent one of several different 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