, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 225–233 | Cite as

Management of Recurrent Pituitary Cysts with Pituitary-Nasal Drain

  • Umesh Dashora
  • David Mathias
  • Andy James
  • Ivan Zammit-Maempel
  • Petros Perros


Pituitary cysts are usually craniopharyngiomas or remnants of Rathke's cleft. Histologically craniopharyngiomas are lined by stratified squamous epithelium whereas Rathke's cleft cysts are lined by cuboidal or columnar epithelium. The management of pituitary cysts remains difficult because of the risks associated with attempts at complete removal and the chances of recurrence after inadequate resection. We describe 3 cases of cystic craniopharyngiomas and one case of Rathke's cleft cyst which recurred after surgery and were subsequently managed successfully with pituitary-nasal drains.

pituitary cyst drain craniopharyngioma Rathke's pouch cyst 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Umesh Dashora
    • 1
  • David Mathias
    • 2
  • Andy James
    • 1
  • Ivan Zammit-Maempel
    • 3
  • Petros Perros
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EndocrinologyNewcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS TrustNewcastle upon TyneUK
  2. 2.Department of ENT SurgeryNewcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS TrustNewcastle upon TyneUK
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyNewcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS TrustNewcastle upon TyneUK

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