Case Report

Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 219-222

First online:

Pituitary abscess: an unexpected diagnosis

  • Anatoly ShusterAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Imaging, Hamilton General Hospital Email author 
  • , Thorsteinn GunnarssonAffiliated withDivision of Neurosurgery, McMaster Hospital
  • , Doron SommerAffiliated withDivision of Neurosurgery, McMaster Hospital
  • , Elka MillerAffiliated withDepartment of Diagnostic Imaging, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario

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The pituitary gland can demonstrate a variety of pathologies with different clinical presentations. Amongst them, pituitary abscess is a rare infectious disease for which contrast-enhanced MRI aids the diagnostic pathway. We present a 16-year-old girl with imaging and surgical findings consistent with primary pituitary abscess.


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