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Tumors growing in the sella turcica are mostly pituitary adenomas. We describe a rare case of primary intrasellar schwannoma with intratumoral bleeding. A 38-year-old man presented with headache in association with bilateral supratemporal quadrantopsia. MRI showed an intrasellar mixed signal mass lesion with suprasellar extension. The majority of the pituitary hormones were normal. He was diagnosed as non-functional pituitary adenoma with pituitary apoplexy. Subtotal resection was achieved eventually via an endoscopic transnasal transsphenoidal approach. The histopathologic diagnosis was schwannoma. It is the first intrasellar schwannoma with intratumoral hemorrhage in literature to date. It implied that the primary intrasellar schwannoma has potential risk of intratumoral bleeding, which should be considered in the differential diagnoses of sellar lesions.Le texte complet de cet article est disponible en PDF.
Keywords : schwannoma, intrasellar, pituitary apoplexy, diagnosis