Foetal craniopharyngioma diagnosed by prenatal ultrasonography and confirmed by histopathological examination

József Gabor Joó, János Rigó, Zoltán Sápi, Botond Timár

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Background Craniopharyngioma is an intracranial tumour, which usually develops in children and young adults and rarely occurs in intrauterine life. Methods In foetal life, ultrasonography and later computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are regarded to be the most effective tools of diagnosis. Results In the seven cases published earlier, tumour size was below our finding of 96 × 80 × 65 mm3. In relation to the current case report, we aimed at surveying the available information on prenatal craniopharyngioma. Conclusion Although the tumour is benign, the neurological and ophthalmologic complications, arising due to its expansive growth, are suggestive of a poor prognosis. Despite the high mortality and morbidity rates, neurosurgical treatment appears to be the sole option.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)160-163
Number of pages4
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2009



  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Histopathological examination
  • Neurosurgical treatment
  • Residual symptoms
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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