De novo adamantinomatous craniopharyngioma presenting anew in an elderly patient with previous normal CT and MRI studies: A case report and implications on pathogenesis

Amy Walker, Radmehr Torabi, Michael Punsoni, Edward Stopa, Curtis Doberstein

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Adamantinomatous craniopharyngiomas are histologically benign epithelial tumors which arise from embryonic remnants of the craniopharyngeal duct and Rathke's pouch. They are thought to have a congenital origin and are histologically unique from papillary craniopharyngioma. We describe the case of an elderly male who presented with symptoms related to a large craniopharyngioma with previously normal brain magnetic resonance and computed tomography imaging studies. These findings dispute the embryogenic theory that craniopharyngiomas observed in adults develop from the persistent slow growth of embryonic remnants.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-151
Number of pages3
JournalInterdisciplinary Neurosurgery: Advanced Techniques and Case Management
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2015



  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Developmental anomaly
  • Suprasellar mass

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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