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2020 Mar 19

J Craniofac Surg

Unusual Cause of Hypopituitarism: Sphenoid Mucocele.


Gozgec E, Ogul H
J Craniofac Surg. 2020 Mar 19.
PMID: 32209940.


Paranasal sinus mucocele is cystic, expansile, benign masses that contain mucus surrounded by epithelium. It causes significant locally destruction of the sinus wall and present with various symptoms depending on the pressure on neighboring structures. Sphenoid sinus mucocele constitutes 1% to 2% of all paranasal sinus mucoceles. Headache is the most common symptom that leads to correct diagnosis. In addition, the close proximity of the sphenoid sinus to important structures such as the optic nerve, cavernous sinus and the pituitary gland causes various symptoms. Treatment is surgical drainage of mucocele to reduce pressure.