Bilateral intracavernous carotid aneurysms mimicking a prolactin-secreting pituitary tumor

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  • The triad of hyperprolactinemia, ophthalmoplegia, and radiologic abnormalities of the sell turcica suggest a tumor in the area of the pituitary gland. A new association-bilateral intracavernous carotid aneurysms-is presented. Two elderly women had extraocular muscle palsies and elevated serum prolactin levels of 71 and 32 ng/ml (normal: <20 ng/ml). In the former, a high-resolution computed tomography scan made after contrast medium injection was incorrectly interpreted as demonstrating a pituitary tumor; cerebral arteriography revealed bilateral aneurysms. In the other patient, a computed tomography scan after contrast medium injection demonstrated the bilateral aneurysms, and these were confirmed by radionuclide angiography. © 1983.
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  • Surgical Neurology  Journal
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    Author List

  • Mindel JS; Sachdev VP; Kline LB; Sivak MA; Bergman DA; Yang WC; Choi IS; Huang YP
  • Start Page

  • 163
  • End Page

  • 167
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 2