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Resection of suprasellar and retrosellar epidermoid cyst by supraorbital approach (minimally invasive approach). illustrative case and literature review

MOJ Anatomy & Physiology
José Francisco Sánchez-Sánchez, Héctor Velázquez-Santana, Jaime J. Serrano-Verduzco


Background: Epidermoid cysts are generally benign congenital lesions that originate from ectodermal tissue; considered as unusual tumors located more frequently in the cerebellopontine angle, being observed in the sellar region in only 10% of cases.
Case description: 56-year-old woman with clinical history of chronic headache and progressive temporal hemianopsia. MRI showed a multilobulated suprasellar and retrosellar lesion that did not enhance the contrast agent, however, T2 sequence showed hyperintensity and diffusion restriction, suggesting an epidermoid tumor.
Conclusion: Due to the multiple approaches to the sellar region, a supraorbital approach (minimally invasive) was chosen, being a direct approach with adequate exposure of the lesion and a lower percentage of complications.


Epidermoid cyst, Sellar lesion, Supraorbital approach, Minimally invasive approach, Skull base, Keyhole