Top
10
Doctor insights on: What Are The Chances Of Getting Craniopharyngioma

Share
Dr. James Goodrich
13 doctors shared insights

Craniopharyngioma (Definition)

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 ...Read more


2

2
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

3

3
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

4

4
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 different hormone disorders incld diabetes insipidus. Dx is by MRI or ct. It is usually successfully removed surgically. ...Read more

5

5
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

6

6
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

7

7
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

8

8
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

9

9
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 then, an optic nerve or one set of optic radiations. ...Read more