Endocrinol Metab > Volume 21(5); 2006 > Article
Journal of Korean Endocrine Society 2006;21(5):408-413.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3803/jkes.2006.21.5.408    Published online October 1, 2006.
Primary Pituitary Abscess: An Unusual Case of Diabetes Insipidus.
Ji Hye Kim, Ji Hyun Park, Tae Sun Park, Hong Sun Baek
1Department of Internal Medicine, Presbyterian Medical Center, Korea.
2Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Korea.
A 58-year-old man was investigated for his complaints of chronic frontal headache. The endocrinologic hormone studies were compatible with diabetes insipidus and suggestive of panhypopituitarism. Sellar MRI showed a cystic sellar lesion with peripheral rim enhancement after contrast injection, and this led to an initial diagnosis of pituitary adenoma with hemorrhagic necrosis. He underwent an operation via the transsphenoidal approach to access the pituitary gland. During the operation, purulent materials were obtained and no tumor or other associated lesions were detected. There was no evidence of current or previous septicemic illness, meningitis, cavernous sinus thrombosis or sinus infection. All the cultures we obtained were negative. He was put on antibiotics and discharged after 4 weeks. Now, 18 months after treatment, he is doing well.
Key Words: Abscess, Panhypopituitarism, Pituitary gland

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