Case of an atypical pituitary abscess

Zachary W. Bloomer, Treyce S. Knee, Zachary S. Rubin, Thanh Duc Hoang*

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A pituitary abscess is a rare intrasellar infection. Correct identification can be challenging preoperatively given its non-specific symptoms and imaging findings. We report a case of a young woman presenting with secondary amenorrhea, visual field deficits and a 2.6 cm pituitary lesion diagnosed to be a craniopharyngioma. A concomitant unexpected pituitary abscess was diagnosed intraoperatively without associated meningeal symptoms.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere246776
JournalBMJ Case Reports
Issue number11
StatePublished - 30 Nov 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • endocrine system
  • headache (including migraines)
  • infections
  • neuroendocrinology
  • pituitary disorders


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