SUPRASELLAR SCHWANNOMA MASQUERADING AS CRANIOPHARYNGIOMA: AN EXTREME RARITY
Sonia Chhabra, MD, *Namita Bhutani, MD, Sunita Singh, MD, Monika Sangwan, MD and Rajeev Sen
Intracranial schwannomas account for 8-10% of all primary brain neoplasms. They are most frequently located in the cerebello-pontine angle and originate from the vestibular component of the VIII cranial nerve. Although, sensory nerves are the preferred sites of development, motor and autonomic nerves may also be involved. However, intracranial schwannomas not related to cranial nerves are very rare and especially intra-suprasellar location of schwannomas has been reported very infrequently.[3-6] We, here, report an unusual case of an intra-suprasellar schwannoma that was initially thought to be a craniopharyngioma both clinically and radiologically but final histopathological diagnosis was a primary intrasellar schwannoma.
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