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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2009 (2009), Article ID 189304, 3 pages
Case Report

Drainage or Packing of the Sella? Transsphenoidal Surgery for Primary Pituitary Abscess: Report of Two Cases

1Department of Neurosurgery, Kanto Rosai Hospital, 211-8510 Kawasaki, Japan
2Department of Neurosurgery, The University of Tokyo, Hongo 7-3-1 Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-8655, Japan

Received 2 October 2009; Accepted 22 November 2009

Academic Editor: Mamede de Carvalho

Copyright © 2009 Soichi Oya et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The detailed surgical procedure of the transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary abscess has scarcely been described previously because it is a very rare clinical entity. The authors reported two cases of primary pituitary abscess. In case 1, the anterior wall of the sella turcica was reconstructed with the vomer bone after irrigating the abscess cavity, but the sella was not packed by fat for fear of the persistent infection by devascularized tissues. This led to the postoperative meningocele, the cerebrospinal fluid leak, and bacterial meningitis despite the successful abscess drainage. In case 2, tight sellar packing and reconstruction of the sellar wall were performed to avoid these postoperative complications, which resulted in complete drainage and uneventful postoperative course. Although accumulation of more cases is obviously needed to establish the definitive surgical technique in pituitary abscess surgery, our experience might suggest that packing of the sella is not impeditive for postoperative sufficient drainage.