Pituitary adenoma is an uncommon intracranial tumor or children. The authors retrospectively reviewed the records of 10 patients younger than 17 years of age with pituitary adenoma. Five patients had visual loss at presentation. Four of these five patients with visual loss and exirasellar tumor extension were adolescents (12-15 years of age). Seven of 10 paiienis underwent neurosurgery. Of the five patients with visual loss, three paiienis experienced visual improvement, one patient was unchanged, and one patient did not have follow-up. The visual loss in these patients tended to be more severe and more likely to be associated with optic atrophy than adult patients. Although they are relatively uncommon, ophthalmologists should be aware thai pituitary adenomas may occur in children and that these tumors when present in the pubertal period may be more likely to exhibit exirasellar extension or invasiveness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)102-105
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Neuro-Ophthalmology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1998


  • Pediatric
  • Pituitary adenoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Clinical Neurology


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