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What is the difference between empty sella syndrome and migraines?

What is the difference between empty sella syndrome and migraines?

Migraines: Empty sella syndrome is a radiological diagnosis, migraines are a headache pattern and normally not related. ...Read more

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Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A migraine is a type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain. It also usually causes light sensitivity, nausea, and vomiting. Migraines can ...Read more


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What is empty sella syndrome?

What is empty sella syndrome?

Primary ESS: Primary empty sella syndrome is the result of herniation of the arachnoid into the sella tursica causing the pituitary gland to be compressed against the floor of the sella and enlargement of the bone, resulting in an 'empty' appearance on imaging. It is more common in women and the most common symptom is headache. ...Read more

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What is primary empty sella syndrome?

What is primary empty sella syndrome?

MRI observation: Primary empty sella syndrome is a description given when a pituitary gland (which normally sits in a region called the "sella turcica") cannot be visualized on mri. This can be because the pituitary glad is small or flattened for some reason. Often no symptoms will be present, but can include headache, impotence, or nipple discharge due to changes in the hormones normally produced by the gland. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed "empty sella syndrome" what should I expect/do now?

I have been diagnosed "empty sella syndrome" what should I expect/do now?

Test and reassure: Hi. Empty sella syndrome is most often associated with normal pituitary function. You should see an endocrinologist to be tested for pituitary hormone insufficiency (and/or elevated prolactin due to pituitary stalk effects). Empty sella may be associated with increased intracranial pressure, and the "empty sella" is due to CSF pushing into the sella from above. Usually not a problem. ...Read more

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Does high blood pressure cause empty sella syndrome due to it is associated ?

Does high blood pressure cause empty sella syndrome due to it is associated ?

no not related: Empty sella is a normal variation of the sella. It is thought to be from CSF pulsation but this is not related to htn. ...Read more

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Diagnosed arthritis of spine, causing hip pain also partial empty sella syndrome & swollen optic disc by neurologist, could they be connected?

Diagnosed arthritis of spine, causing hip pain also partial empty sella syndrome & swollen optic disc by neurologist,  could they be connected?

Yes ; No: All can be progressive degenerative diseases, however, while empty sella syndrome ; swollen optic disc can both be a result of intracranial hypertension ( elevated pressure in the fluid that suspends the brain), neither are related to hip arthritis. ...Read more

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Does an empty sella cause daily headaches for 4 months and counting?

Can: Empty sella syndrome is radiologic finding of cerebrospinal fluid filling space at base of brain where pituitary gland normally resides.Usually happens when opening to sella is large allowing excessive fluid to flatten pituitary gland.Headaches are most common symptom. Most pituitary hormonal functions are normal. Sometimes congenital, tumors and tumor like conditions are causes, supportive rx ...Read more

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Probably empty sella is ? Need medicine please hlep

Probably empty sella is ? Need medicine please hlep

Probably normal: An empty sella refers to the case when, typically on mri, not is made that the sella turcica is filled with cerebrospinal fluid and the pituitary gland is not seen. This typically has no significance. If there is a specific endocrinologic problem, particularly with the pituitary, then an empty sella may be significant but this would be a rare case. ...Read more

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Empty sella noted on mri. Is this a serious condition?

Empty sella noted on mri. Is this a serious condition?

Usually not: As long as you have no symptoms of decreased pituitary function, this is not likely a problem. Your doctor may order some blood tests to confirm. ...Read more

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