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Sella turcica

Matthias K Auer, Mareike R Stieg, Alexander Crispin, Caroline Sievers, Günter K Stalla, Anna Kopczak
BACKGROUND: Empty sella is the neuroradiological or pathological finding of an apparently empty sella turcica containing no pituitary tissue. The prevalence of primary empty sella, i.e., empty sella without any discernible cause, is not precisely known; estimates range from 2% to 20%. Technical advances in neuroradiology have made empty sella an increasingly common incidental finding. It remains unclear whether, and to what extent, asymptomatic adult patients with an incidentally discovered empty sella should undergo diagnostic testing for hormonal disturbances...
February 16, 2018: Deutsches Ärzteblatt International
Guldane Magat, Sevgi Ozcan Sener
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the morphometric analysis of sella turcica in a Turkish population according to gender, age, and dentofacial skeletal type and to investigate the prevalence of sella turcica shapes in different dentofacial skeletal types. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The lateral cephalometric radiographs of 362 patients (145 males, 217 females) were included and grouped by age, gender, and dentofacial skeletal patterns. Linear dimensions of sella turcica, which include the length, height, and diameter, were measured, and the shapes of sella turcica were evaluated...
March 3, 2018: Folia Morphologica (Warsz)
E Cesur, A T Altug, U Toygar-Memikoglu, D Gumru-Celikel, B Tagrikulu, E Erbay
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this case-control study was to assess sella turcica area and skeletal maturity in children with unilateral cleft lip and palate (UCLP) and compare with those of non-cleft children. SETTING AND SAMPLE POPULATION: A total of 85 UCLP patients aged 7.5-17.08 years (Group 1: age 7-11 years, Group 2: age 11-14 years and Group 3: age 14-18 years) were compared with 85 control subjects without clefts who were divided into similar age groups. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hand-wrist radiographs and cervical vertebra maturation stages (CVMS) were used to evaluate growth...
March 1, 2018: Orthodontics & Craniofacial Research
Sylvia L Asa, Ozgur Mete
Pituitary pathology is one area of endocrine pathology that is highly dependent on immunohistochemistry. There is a wide range of disorders that occur in and around the sella turcica, and the distinction of tumor-like lesions from neoplasms requires careful evaluation. The diagnosis, prognosis, and predictive features of neoplasms in the sellar region are all dependent on the application and interpretation of biomarkers of cell differentiation, hormonal activity, subcellular morphology, and proliferation. As in hematopathology, the number of biomarkers has increased dramatically and continues to increase...
February 16, 2018: Endocrine Pathology
Cosimo Nardi, Luisa De Falco, Valeria Selvi, Chiara Lorini, Linda Calistri, Stefano Colagrande
INTRODUCTION: Goldenhar syndrome is a rare disease with hemifacial microsomia and craniofacial disorders originating from the first and second branchial arches, such as ocular, auricular, and vertebral anomalies. The complexity and variety of the ways in which the disease presents itself usually need several examinations. In this study, we aimed to evaluate both craniofacial and vertebral skeletal anomalies and asymmetries between the nonaffected and affected sides in patients with Goldenhar syndrome by using cone-beam computed tomography...
February 2018: American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics
A V Kovalev, M D Ametrin, G V Zolotenkova, A N Gerasimov, D V Gornostaev, M P Poletaeva
The objective of the present study was to determine the biological age of the unrecognized individuals based on the analysis of CT-scanograms of the skull and the craniovertebral region in the sagittal projection. We investigated the structure of the spongy substance of the clinoid plate of the sella turcica and the clivus of the cranium, involution of the vertebrae configuration in the medial atlantoaxial articulation, frontal and sphenoidal sinuses. A total of 80 skulls of Caucasoid individuals at the age ranging from 4 to 84 years belonging to an Eastern Slavonic population (free from the pathological lesions in the above cranial structures) were available for the examination...
2018: Sudebno-meditsinskaia Ekspertiza
Oluwaseun O Akinduro
INTRODUCTION: Prolactinomas may rarely present with meningitis and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea secondary to erosion of the wall of the sella turcica. It is even more un-common for this abnormal communication to be caused by an ectopic prolactinoma arising from the sphenoid sinus and eroding into the sella. This atypical growth pattern makes diagnosis very difficult, as there may be no displacement of the normal pituitary gland. The authors present the first reported case of a patient with an ectopic prolactinoma presenting primarily with meningitis, and discuss the management strategy as well as surgical and non-surgical treatment options for these patients...
January 26, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Zhanna Belaya, Tatiana Grebennikova, Galina A Melnichenko, Alexey Nikitin, Alexander Solodovnikov, Olga Brovkina, Andrey Grigoriev, Liudmila Rozhinskaya, Alexander Lutsenko, Ivan I Dedov
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the response of bone to chronic long-term growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF1) excess by measuring the expression of selected mRNA and microRNA (miR) in bone samples of patients with active acromegaly. DESIGN: case-control study Methods: bone samples were obtained during transsphenoidal adenomectomy from the sphenoid bone (sella turcica) from 14 patients with clinically and biochemically-confirmed acromegaly and 10 patients with clinically non-functioning pituitary adenoma (NFPA) matched by sex and age...
January 26, 2018: European Journal of Endocrinology
K Purtskhvanidze, G Schröder, S Jadik, M Synowitz, J Roider
Presentation of a patient with an orbital intracranial penetrating screwdriver injury. The patient had been playing with the screwdriver at the time of the accident, he fell and the screwdriver penetrated his right orbit. Imaging revealed the position of the foreign body, which went from the medial orbital wall, extraconal and medial of the right internal carotid artery, through the sella turcica to the dorsum sellae. The patient had no intracranial hemorrhage. There was hardly any bleeding. The surgical removal of the screwdriver was carried out without complications...
January 24, 2018: Der Ophthalmologe: Zeitschrift der Deutschen Ophthalmologischen Gesellschaft
Daniele Gibelli, Michaela Cellina, Stefano Gibelli, Marta Panzeri, Antonio Giancarlo Oliva, Giovanni Termine, Chiarella Sforza
Aim Sella turcica bridging and ossified carotico-clinoid ligament are two variants of the sella turcica, the origin of which is partially unknown. These variations should be properly recognised, as they may hamper the removal of the anterior clinoid process in surgical procedures. Therefore, our aim was to determine the prevalence of these two anatomical variants and to investigate their prevalence according to patient sex and age in a series of maxilla computed tomography scans. Materials and methods We revised 300 computed tomography scans of the head from northern Italian patients, stratified into three age groups (18-40 years, 41-60 years, >60 years): a logistic regression analysis was used to explore an association of sella turcica bridging with age and sex through Matlab software, also including a test for the extracted model ( P < 0...
January 1, 2018: Neuroradiology Journal
Jean-Charles Le Huec, Jonathon Richards, Andreas Tsoupras, Rachel Price, Amélie Léglise, Antonio A Faundez
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to describe the biomechanical theory explaining junctional breakdowns in thoraco-lumbar fusions, by taking the example of vertebral compression fractures. Also, a new angle, the cervical inclination angle (CIA), describing the relative position of the head at each vertebral level, is presented. METHODS: For the CIA, the data were collected from 137 asymptomatic subjects of a prospective database, containing clinical and radiologic informations...
December 14, 2017: European Spine Journal
Ach Taieb, Kacem Njah Maha, Yosra Hasni El Abed, Amel Maaroufi Beizig, Molka Chaieb Chadli, Koussay Ach
Macroprolactinemia is a polymeric form of prolactin-release, causing mildly symptomatic clinical pictures. The former can be isolated or associated with other causes of hyperprolactinemia. The association with an empty sella syndrome is rare. We report a case of a female patient discovered with this association. It's about a female patient 47 years old, followed up since the age of 31 years for bilateral galactorrhea and a spaniomenorrhea. There has been no associated drug intake. Her exploration has showed a serum prolactin level of 635 mIU/L...
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
Ghizlane El Mghari, Bouchra Rafiq, Nawal El Ansari
Epidermoid cyst (EC) or cholesteatoma is a benign tumor, often of congenital origin, occurring in the sub-arachnoidian spaces. Its treatment is based on surgery. We report the case of a 38 year-old patient presenting with progressive intracranial hypertension syndrome associated with anterior pituitary insufficiency signs of the corticotropic, thyrotropic, gonadotropic axis occurring 1 year before. Brain MRI showed a craniopharyngioma. Anatomopathologic evaluation of the specimen showed epidermoid cyst.
2017: Pan African Medical Journal
Shuanglin Deng, Linlin Liu, Danhua Wang, Dan Tong, Gang Zhao
BACKGROUND: Glioblastomas in the sellar region are very rare; in most cases, the tumor originates from the optic nerve/optic chiasm. Only 4 cases of sellar glioblastoma with a non-optic origin have been reported. We present such a case with detailed clinical, imaging and histopathological information. A review of similar published cases is also presented. CASE PRESENTATION: A 42-year-old woman presented with endocrinological abnormalities including, amenorrhea and lactation, symptoms of diabetes insipidus and signs of elevated ICP...
November 15, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Ruth Prieto, José M Pascual, Maria Rosdolsky, Laura Barrios
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Craniopharyngioma (CP) adherence represents a heterogeneous pathologic feature that critically influences the potentially safe and radical resection. The aim of this study was to define the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) predictors of CP adherence severity. METHODS: This study retrospectively investigated a cohort of 200 surgically treated CPs with their corresponding preoperative conventional MRI scans. MRI findings related to the distortions of anatomic structures along the sella turcica-third ventricle axis caused by CPs, in addition to the tumor's shape and calcifications, were analyzed and correlated with the definitive type of CP adherence observed during the surgical procedures...
February 2018: World Neurosurgery
Abdul-Kareem Ahmed, Hassan Y Dawood, Omar M Arnaout, Edward R Laws, Timothy R Smith
BACKGROUND: Chordoma that occurs primarily in the sella turcica is rare and presents unique treatment challenges. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine common features, treatment approaches and survival characteristics of intrasellar chordoma. METHODS: Institutional databases, the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) database, and PubMed/EMBASE were queried for chordoma with a primarily intrasellar component. The SEER database was also queried for adult skull base chordoma...
October 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Hwee Weng Dennis Hey, Kimberly-Anne Tan, Vivienne Chien-Lin Ho, Syifa Bte Azhar, Joel-Louis Lim, Gabriel Ka-Po Liu, Hee-Kit Wong
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: As sagittal alignment of the cervical spine is important for maintaining horizontal gaze, it is important to determine the former for surgical correction. However, horizontal gaze remains poorly-defined from a radiological point of view. PURPOSE: The objective of this study was to establish radiological criteria to define horizontal gaze. STUDY DESIGN/SETTING: This study was conducted at a tertiary health-care institution over a 1-month period...
October 18, 2017: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
S Petersenn, M Christ-Crain, M Droste, R Finke, J Flitsch, I Kreitschmann-Andermahr, A Luger, J Schopohl, G Stalla
Acromegaly is a rare and severe condition, presenting with typical signs and symptoms. The diagnosis is often initially made years after the first manifestations of the disease. In more than 99% of patients the disease is caused by a benign pituitary tumor that secretes growth hormone (GH). The diagnosis is based on the presence of increased insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels and a lack of GH suppression in the oral glucose tolerance test. The standard imaging procedure for tumor detection is magnetic resonance imaging in the region of the sella turcica...
November 2017: Der Internist
Sang Woo Song, Yong Hwy Kim, Jin Wook Kim, Chul-Kee Park, Jung Eun Kim, Dong Gyu Kim, Young-Cho Koh, Hee-Won Jung
BACKGROUND: Degree of resection and visual outcome are the main concerns in the surgical resection of tuberculum sellae meningioma (TSM). In addition to the transcranial approach (TCA), the endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) has been used increasingly. However, the controversy regarding the optimal surgical approach is not clearly resolved. METHODS: We compared the surgical outcomes of each approach for TSMs from 44 patients receiving EEA and 40 patients receiving TCA in 2 institutions between 2004 and 2015...
October 7, 2017: World Neurosurgery
Z E Belaya, T A Grebennikova, G A Melnichenko, A G Nikitin, A G Solodovnikov, O I Brovkina, A U Grigoriev, L Y Rozhinskaya, I I Dedov
Hypercortisolism in humans suppresses osteoblastogenesis and osteoblast function through the upregulation of Wnt-signaling antagonists (sclerostin, Dkk1) and changes in microRNAs levels (miR-125b-5p, miR-218-5p, miR-34a-5p, miR-188-3p, miR-199a-5p) which are associated with mesenchymal stem-cell commitment to adipocytes or cartilage cells over the osteoblasts. INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the responses of bone to chronic glucocorticoid (GC) excess by measuring the levels of selected mRNA and microRNA (miR) in bone samples of patients with Cushing's disease (CD)...
October 4, 2017: Osteoporosis International
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