Pituitary abscess

Yen Hao Su, Yun Chen, Sheng Hong Tseng

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Pituitary abscess is a rare disease, but one with potentially high mortality and morbidity. We present a 46-year-old man with progressive visual disturbance and general malaise for 1 year. Endocrine studies revealed hypopituitarism, and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a pituitary lesion with suprasellar extension. We attempted to excise the lesion using a transsphenoidal approach, but pus in the pituitary fossa was found at operation, and no tumour was identified. The culture yielded coagulase-negative Staphylococcus. Antibiotics were administered for 3 weeks, and the patient made a good postoperative recovery. He required life-long hormone replacement therapy. After one and a half years of follow-up, he was well and had no evidence of focal or systemic infection. We review the literature regarding pituitary abscess and discuss the appropriate treatment and possible pathological mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1038-1041
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Clinical Neuroscience
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Pituitary abscess
  • Pituitary tumour

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Physiology (medical)


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