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Surg Neurol Int


Early and isolated breast cancer metastasis to the pituitary: A case report and systematic review.


Rasiah NP, Albakr A, Kosteniuk S, Starreveld Y
Surg Neurol Int. 2022; 13:462.
PMID: 36324911.


Pituitary metastases (PMs) arising from breast cancer tend to occur many years following initial diagnosis, and after other systemic metastasis have been identified. Survival is generally considered to be poor. However, there are cases where patients present with an isolated metastatic lesion in the pituitary. Survival in this subset of patients has not been evaluated. We present a case of isolated PM that presented two years after initial diagnosis of breast cancer. We performed a systematic review of 38 breast cancer patients with PM. We report presentation, treatment strategy, and outcomes of breast cancer metastasis to the pituitary and highlight cases of isolated PM.