Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 68, Issue 3, pp 187–193

Pituitary abscess

Authors

  • P. Bjerre
    • Department of Neurosurgery, Division of NeuroendocrinologyUniversity Hospital-Rigshospitalet
  • J. Riishede
    • Department of Neurosurgery, Division of NeuroendocrinologyUniversity Hospital-Rigshospitalet
  • J. Lindholm
    • Department of Neurosurgery, Division of NeuroendocrinologyUniversity Hospital-Rigshospitalet
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01401177

Cite this article as:
Bjerre, P., Riishede, J. & Lindholm, J. Acta neurochir (1983) 68: 187. doi:10.1007/BF01401177

Summary

All cases of pituitary abscesses (19 patients) reported in the literature since 1970 are reviewed. Based on the data available, it is suggested that a pituitary abscess is not a bacterial infection as commonly assumed. Probably, it represents a normal tissue reaction to an infarction of a pituitary adenoma. The frequent association with negative cultures from the abscesses, previous sterile meningitis and endocrine disturbances, and concurrent rhinorrhoea are well explained in this way.

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© Springer-Verlag 1983