Empty Sella and Benign Intrasellar Cysts

  • E. De Divitiis
  • R. Spaziante
  • L. Stella
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 8)


The term “empty sella” defines an anatomical condition in which the sella is largely occupied by an arachnoid diverticulum containing cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), whilst the abnormally small hypophysis appears flattened against the infero-posterior wall of the sella (Fig. 1). An inherent feature is the absence, or extreme incompetence of the diaphragma sellae.


Pituitary Adenoma Arachnoid Cyst Sphenoidal Sinus Anterior Cerebral Artery Sella Turcica 
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  • E. De Divitiis
    • 1
  • R. Spaziante
    • 1
  • L. Stella
    • 1
  1. 1.Second Faculty of Medicine and SurgeryInstitute of Neurosurgery and Functional NeurosurgeryNaplesItaly

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