Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngioma

Characteristics

  • Most common in the parasellar region, an area at the base of the brain and near the optic nerves
  • Also grows in the regions of the optic nerves and the hypothalamus, near the pituitary gland
  • Tends to be low grade
  • Often accompanied by a cyst
  • Originates in cells left over from early fetal development
  • Occurs in children and men and women in their 50s and 60s

Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Visual changes
  • Weight gain
  • Delayed development in children

Treatment

Surgery is the most common treatment. Radiation therapy may be used.

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