Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 68, Issue 3–4, pp 187–193 | Cite as

Pituitary abscess

  • P. Bjerre
  • J. Riishede
  • J. Lindholm


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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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Bjerre
    • 1
  • J. Riishede
    • 1
  • J. Lindholm
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurosurgery, Division of NeuroendocrinologyUniversity Hospital-RigshospitaletCopenhagenDenmark

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