Sphenoid sinus mucocele: A rare complication of transsphenoidal hypophysectomy

F. J. Buchinsky, T. A. Gennarelli, S. E. Strome, D. G. Deschler, R. E. Hayden

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Only seven cases of a sphenoid mucocele occurring after transsphenoidal hypophysectomy have been previously reported in the world literature. In this article, we report a new case, which occurred in a 67-year-old man. The sphenoid sinus mucocele developed 12 years following transsphenoidal hypophysectomy and adjunctive radiotherapy. The patient was successfully managed with incision and drainage. Although transsphenoidal hypophysectomy is a common operation, this particular complication appears to be rare or at least under-reported. Sphenoid sinus mucocele deserves consideration in the differential diagnosis of a sphenoidal parasellar mass in a patient who has undergone an earlier transsphenoidal hypophysectomy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)886-888
Number of pages3
JournalEar, Nose and Throat Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 31 2001

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  • Otorhinolaryngology

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    Buchinsky, F. J., Gennarelli, T. A., Strome, S. E., Deschler, D. G., & Hayden, R. E. (2001). Sphenoid sinus mucocele: A rare complication of transsphenoidal hypophysectomy. Ear, Nose and Throat Journal, 80(12), 886-888.