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Case Reports in Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 3601395, 5 pages
Case Report

Intracavitary Irradiation as a Safe Alternative for Cystic Craniopharyngiomas: Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Fundación Clínica Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia
2Centro de Investigaciones Clínicas, Cali, Colombia
3Universidad ICESI, Cali, Colombia

Received 28 January 2016; Revised 13 May 2016; Accepted 15 May 2016

Academic Editor: Michael J. Eble

Copyright © 2016 Alejandro Enriquez-Marulanda 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.


Craniopharyngioma treatment remains a challenge for clinicians and patients. There are many treatment alternatives; however one of them (intracavitary irradiation) seeks to control this type of benign brain tumor using minimally invasive techniques, with the specific aim of avoiding causing significant damage to important structures surrounding the sellar/suprasellar region. We present the case of a 3-year-old patient with a predominantly cystic craniopharyngioma who underwent intracavitary irradiation by stereotactic placement. Using this approach, the patient showed a successful response with remission of headaches and hydrocephalus. A reduction in the size of the cyst was achieved, without deterioration of visual fields, with no hormonal supplementation being needed, and with no evidence of focal neurological signs.