Drawing of the inside of the brain showing where craniopharyngiomas may form. A pullout shows a tumor between the hypothalamus and the optic chiasm. Also shown is the optic nerve, the pituitary gland, and the sphenoid sinus.
Craniopharyngiomas are rare brain tumors that usually form near the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus. They are benign (not cancer) and do not spread to other parts of the brain or to other parts of the body. However, they may grow and press on nearby parts of the brain, including the pituitary gland, optic chiasm, and optic nerve. Craniopharyngiomas usually occur in children and young adults.
Anatomy -- Nervous System
Cancer Types -- Brain Cancer
People -- Child
|Type:||Color, Medical Illustration (JPEG format)|
|Source:||National Cancer Institute|
|Creator:||Terese Winslow (Illustrator)|
|Date Created:||December 21, 2020|
|Date Added:||January 13, 2021|
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