, Volume 15, Issue 2, pp 227–236 | Cite as

Pituicytoma: overview of treatment strategies and outcome

  • Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian
  • Rolf Buslei
  • Wolfgang Saeger
  • Rudolf Fahlbusch


The pituicytoma is an extremely rare and little-studied primary tumour of the adult neurohypophysis. With total resection, the pituicytoma appears to have a good prognosis. However, its highly vascular nature makes total resection difficult and local recurrence after subtotal resection is not uncommon. To date, only 40 cases of pituicytoma have been reported in literature. In addition to our own case of a suprasellar pituicytoma, we are reviewing and discussing these with particular attention paid on the surgical management and outcome of this rare neoplasm.


Pituicytoma Posterior pituitary astrocytoma Infundibuloma 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian
    • 1
  • Rolf Buslei
    • 2
  • Wolfgang Saeger
    • 3
  • Rudolf Fahlbusch
    • 1
  1. 1.International Neuroscience InstituteHannoverGermany
  2. 2.Pathologisches InstitutUniversitätsklinikum ErlangenErlangenGermany
  3. 3.Institut für PathologieKatholisches MarienkrankenhausHamburgGermany

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