The Pituitary Gland and Etiology of Craniopharyngioma
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As histological benign tumor with malignant cellular characteristic,
craniophayrngyioma (CP) caused big trouble not only for surgery but also for the
postsurgical management. So, it is important to emphase the understanding of the
pituitary gland and also it’s connected structures, such as pituitary stalk, hypothalamus,
and so on. In this chapter, we described the anatomical and cytological constructors
of pituitary gland. As with combined the etiology of CP, we depicted the embryonic
development of gland and its accessory structures. On the other hand, several
hypotheses about the origin of CP were also analysed and described.
Craniopharyngioma, Embryonic development, Histology, Pituitary
Department of Neurosurgery, Nanfang Neurosurgery Research Institution, Nanfang Hospital, Southern Medical University, 1838 North Guangzhou Avenue, Guangzhou, China.