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September 1997

Sellar and Suprasellar Hemangiopericytoma Mimicking Pituitary Adenoma

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Ophthalmology, The Leicester Royal Infirmary National Health Service Trust, Leicester, England. Dr Morrison is now with the Department of Clinical Genetics, Molecular Medicine Centre, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Arch Ophthalmol. 1997;115(9):1201-1203. doi:10.1001/archopht.1997.01100160371022

Hemangiopericytoma is a vascular neoplasm of variable and unpredictable malignancy, composed of proliferating capillary pericytes surrounding endothelial-lined tubes or sprouts. The histological appearance is diagnostic. The treatment of primary intracranial hemangiopericytoma is surgical excision, supplemented by radiotherapy. Local tumor recurrence after many years is common, and late and widespread metastasis can occur. Long-term follow-up is mandatory.