Candidal pituitary abscess: Case report

Robert F. Heary, Allen H. Maniker, Leo J. Wolansky

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Abstract

WE REPORT A case of a culture-proven intrasellar Candida albicans abscess. A 36-year-old woman presented with a history of headaches, menstrual irregularities, and mild symptoms of diabetes insipidus. She was neurologically intact at the time of a transsphenoidal surgery for a presumed pituitary adenoma. An extensive work-up revealed that although the patient was seronegative for human immunodeficiency virus, she was immunocompromised with a T-cell dysfunction. Fungal abscesses of the pituitary gland have rarely been reported. This is the first documented case of a patient who is seronegative for human immunodeficiency virus who becomes infected by an ordinarily innocuous fungus, Candida albicans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1009-1013
Number of pages5
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume36
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

Keywords

  • Candida albicans
  • Immunocompromise
  • Pituitary abscess
  • Pituitary gland

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