Ectopic salivary gland tissue in a Rathke's cleft cyst

Valentina Ranucci, Antonella Coli, Eleonora Marrucci, Giuseppe Maria Della Pepa, Carmelo Anile, Annunziato Mangiola

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The presence of salivary gland tissue in the sella turcica has rarely been reported, mainly after pituitary examination at autopsy. Only five symptomatic cases have previously been described, mainly associated with Rathke's cleft cyst. We report a 17-year-old boy presenting with headaches and hyperprolactinemia. The MRI showed a 19 mm sellar mass that at surgery revealed as a cystic lesion filled with mucinous fluid. The histological examination documented the presence of ectopic salivary gland tissue in the wall of a Rathke's cleft cyst. The present report focuses on the possible pitfalls when dealing with unusual sellar lesions, and the need of increased awareness of this rare condition.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)1437-1440
Numero di pagine4
RivistaInternational Journal of Clinical and Experimental Pathology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013


  • Adolescent
  • Biopsy
  • Central Nervous System Cysts
  • Choristoma
  • Headache
  • Humans
  • Hyperprolactinemia
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Rathke’s cleft cyst
  • Salivary Glands
  • Salivary gland tissue
  • Sella Turcica
  • Treatment Outcome
  • pituitary


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