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ICD-10 D44.4
ICD-9 237.0
ICD-O: 9350/1
DiseasesDB 3153
MedlinePlus 000345
eMedicine radio/196 
MeSH D003397

Craniopharyngioma is a type of tumor that comprises 9% of all pediatric brain tumors.[citation needed] They usually occur in children between 5 and 10 years of age.[1]

It has a point prevalence of approximately 2/100,000.[2]

They are also known as Rathke pouch tumors, hypophyseal duct tumors, or adamantinomas.



They are very slow growing tumors. They arise from the cells along the pituitary stalk. They are classified as benign.[3]

Craniopharyngioma is a rare, usually suprasellar[4] neoplasm, which may be cystic, that develops from the nests of epithelium derived from Rathke's pouch.


The histologic pattern consists of nesting of squamous epithelium bordered by radially arranged cells. It is frequently accompanied by calcium deposition and have a microscopic papillary architecture.

Possible symptoms


  1. ^ Hamid R, Sarkar S, Hossain MA, Mazumder U, Akanda NI, Parvin R (2007). "Clinical picture of craniopharyngioma in childhood". Mymensingh medical journal : MMJ 16 (2): 123-6. PMID 17703145.
  2. ^ Garnett MR, Puget S, Grill J, Sainte-Rose C (2007). "Craniopharyngioma". Orphanet journal of rare diseases 2: 18. doi:10.1186/1750-1172-2-18. PMID 17425791.
  3. ^ Garrè ML, Cama A (2007). "Craniopharyngioma: modern concepts in pathogenesis and treatment". Curr. Opin. Pediatr. 19 (4): 471-9. doi:10.1097/MOP.0b013e3282495a22. PMID 17630614.
  4. ^ Rodriguez FJ, Scheithauer BW, Tsunoda S, Kovacs K, Vidal S, Piepgras DG (2007). "The spectrum of malignancy in craniopharyngioma". Am. J. Surg. Pathol. 31 (7): 1020-8. doi:10.1097/PAS.0b013e31802d8a96. PMID 17592268.
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