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Pituitary adenomas.

Autor(es): Rumboldt, Zoran
Fonte: Top Magn Reson Imaging;16(4): 277-88, 2005 Jul.
Artigo [ PMID: 16785843 ] Idioma(s): Inglês
Publicação: Artigo de Revista; Revisão
Pituitary adenomas are by far the most common sellar tumor and magnetic resonance imaging is the modality of choice for their detection and characterization. However, most of these neoplasms are asymptomatic and frequently incidentally visualized. One also has to be aware of common other incidental findings and normal age-related changes in the appearance of the gland. By convention, 10 mm is used as the size threshold to separate macroadenomas from microadenomas. For microadenomas, imaging is primarily used for lesion detection and localization, whereas with macroadenomas, the goal is to establish whether the mass represents a pituitary tumor or some other lesion and to precisely delineate its extent.