Suprasellar Arachnoidal Cysts

  • Concezio Di Rocco
  • Massimo Caldarelli
Part of the Principles of Pediatric Neurosurgery book series (PRINCPEDIATR)


Arachnoid cysts occurring in the chiasmatic region have been the subject of controversial scientific contributions, most of the discussions being centered on their complex physio-pathogenetic interpretation. Further difficulties have been added by the complex anatomy and relatively undefined anatomical boundaries of the chiasmatic cistern, which has been variably described in the different classifications propounded through the years (Table 8.1). According to Key and Retzius’ work,1 for example, the chiasmatic cistern consisted only of the space behind and below the optic chiasma, as far as the hypophysial stalk and the area between the two diverging optic nerves. The space in front of the optic chiasma was termed by these authors “cisterna laminae cinerae terminalis.”


Cyst Wall Arachnoid Cyst Precocious Puberty Empty Sella Syndrome Cystoperitoneal Shunt 
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