, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 131–137

Symptomatic Rathke's Cleft Cysts: A Radiological, Surgical and Pathological Review


  • Domenico Billeci
    • Neurosurgical DepartmentRegional Hospital
    • Neurosurgical DepartmentRegional Hospital
    • Neurosurgical and Pathology DepartmentRegional Hospital
  • Massimo Tripodi
    • Neurosurgical DepartmentRegional Hospital
  • Enrico Orvieto
    • Pathology DepartmentRegional Hospital
  • Pierluigi Longatti
    • Neurosurgical DepartmentRegional Hospital

DOI: 10.1007/s11102-005-1755-3

Cite this article as:
Billeci, D., Marton, E., Tripodi, M. et al. Pituitary (2004) 7: 131. doi:10.1007/s11102-005-1755-3


Rathke's cleft cyst is a non neoplastic lesion remnant of the Rathke's poutch. Symptomatic cysts must be surgically treated. There are no specific neuroradiological features for this lesion. We present a series of 14 symptomatic Rathke's cleft cysts treated with transphenoidal endoscopic technique, and we correlate the MRI intensity images with the intraoperative findings, the pathological analysis, the growth pattern and the recurrence tendency, to understand wether there is a better way to recognize these lesions, especially the asyntomatic ones, that, despite other neoplastic cysts, colud only be observed with a MRI follow up.


Rathke cleft cystpituitary cystspituitary tumors

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