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International Journal of Clinical & Medical Images

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Clinical Image - International Journal of Clinical & Medical Images (2021) Volume 8, Issue 1

Pituitary Stalk Interruption Syndrome (PSIS): Specific MRI Findings

Pituitary Stalk Interruption Syndrome (PSIS): Specific MRI Findings

Author(s): Olaia Chalh*, Safaa Choayb, Nazik Allali, Latifa Chat and Siham Elhaddad

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PSIS is a rare congenital abnormality characterized by a triad of thin or interrupted pituitary stalk, hypoplastic to absent adenohypophysis, and ectopic posterior pituitary gland. It was first described in 1987 by Fujisawa et al and had a reported incidence of 0.5/100 000 births. The mean age of diagnosis is 9.4±11.6 years, with a predilection for males. Mutations in the genes involved in pituitary embryogenesis (PROP1, LHX3, HEXSX1, PROKR2 and GPR161) and perinatal asphyxia are the main influencing factors in this disease. PSIS may present with isolated or multiple anterior pituitary hormone deficiencies. Posterior pituitary function is intact. PSIS are most often associated with several congenital malformations such as septo-optic dysplasia, optic chiasm hypoplasia, holoprosencephaly, etc. MRI shows the characteristic triad of PSIS including the absent of pituitary stalk, anterior pituitary hypoplasia and ectopic posterior pituitary which is mostly located behind optic chiasma or in the hypothalamus (Figure 1).

Keywords: Pituitary; Stalk interruption; MRI
 

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