Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 160, Issue 6, pp 1203–1206 | Cite as

Chemical meningitis from a leaking craniopharyngioma: a case report

  • David Hakizimana
  • Lars Poulsgaard
  • Kåre Fugleholm
Case Report - Brain Tumors


Recurrent chemical meningitis from cyclic leakage of cyst content from a craniopharyngioma is a rare phenomenon. Here, we report a case of leaking cystic craniopharyngioma presenting with recurrent episodes of sterile meningitis, depression, and paranoia. The diagnosis after an initial craniotomy and exploration was hypophysitis. Signs and symptoms were not alleviated by puncture and biopsy of the tumour but they disappeared after complete resection with a final histological diagnosis of craniopharyngioma.


Leak Craniopharyngioma Chemical Sterile Meningitis 



Magnetic resonance imaging


Computed tomography


Deoxyribonucleic acid


Central nervous system


Cerebrospinal fluid


White cell count


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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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The patient has consented to submission of this case report to the journal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Rwanda Neurosurgical Center, Department of SurgeryKing Faisal HospitalKigaliRwanda
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, RigshospitaletCopenhagen University HospitalCopenhagenDenmark

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