Year : 2015  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 471-474

An unusual initial presentation of hepatocellular carcinoma as a sellar mass

1 Department of Gastroenterology, St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ, USA
2 Department of Gastroenterology, St Michael's Medical Center, Newark, NJ, USA
3 Department of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, Boston, MA, USA

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Dr. Nihar Shah
St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-9668.160045

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Sellar masses are frequently adenomatous pituitary tumors. Metastatic disease is unusual, often mimicking the presentations of adenomas. Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the most common primary hepatic malignancy but unusual to have a pituitary metastasis (PM). A 65-year-old man presented with headache, diplopia, ptosis, decreased vision in the right eye and unintentional weight loss of 32lbs. Preliminary out-patient work-up revealed a mass in the pituitary region. Cranial imaging showed 3.1 cm × 3.2 cm × 4.4 cm lesion. Abdominal imaging (computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging) demonstrated a lobulated, nodular and heterogeneous right lobe of the liver. Trans-sphenoidal resection of the sellar mass favored metastatic HCC on histology. Liver biopsy confirmed HCC. We recommend maintaining an increased clinical suspicion upon evaluation of nonclassical clinical and radiological presentations of suspected PM/malignancy; as well as pursuing additional investigations in all early cases.

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