Chiasmal syndrome due to intrasellar abscess.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

A 43-year-old woman had diabetes insipidus and amenorrhea. There was panhypopituitarism on endocrine testing and visual field examination showed inexorably progressive loss to bitemporal hemianopsia. All radiographic findings were normal, but craniotomy disclosed the cause of this chiasmal syndrome to be an intrasellar abscess which, on culture, grew a Gram-positive anaerobe, Peptococcus. Intrasellar or pituitary abscess is rare, but it must always be considered in the differential diagnosis of the chiasmal syndrome, since loss of pituitary and visual function may occur much more rapidly than with the tumors most often responsible for this syndrome and since surgical cure is possible.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Neelon, FA; Mahaley, MS

Published Date

  • September 1, 1976

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 136 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 1041 - 1043

PubMed ID

  • 962447

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0003-9926


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States