What are the differential diagnoses for Pituitary Macroadenomas?

Updated: Mar 23, 2018
  • Author: James R Mulinda, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: George T Griffing, MD  more...
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  • Craniopharyngiomas
  • Germinomas
  • Granulomatous disease (eg, tuberculosis, syphilitic gumma, sarcoidosis)
  • Histiocytosis-x
  • Lymphocytic hypophysitis
  • Metastatic tumors
  • Pituitary hyperplasia (as in pregnancy, longstanding hypothyroidism, and ectopic hypothalamic factor production, such as corticotropin-releasing hormone [CRH] or growth hormone–releasing hormone [GHRH])
  • Tumors of the clivus (eg, chordomas)
  • Vascular aneurysms

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