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Craniopharyngiomas 

Craniopharyngiomas
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Craniopharyngiomas
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Niki Karavitaki

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199235292.003.2187
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date: 18 June 2019

Craniopharyngiomas are rare tumours with a reported incidence of 0.13 cases per 100 000 person-years. They account for 2–5% of all the primary intracranial neoplasms, 5.6–15% of the intracranial tumours in childhood populations, in which they are the commonest lesion involving the hypothalamo-pituitary region. They may be detected at any age, even in the pre- and neonatal periods and almost half of the total cases have been described in adults. They show a bimodal age distribution with peak incidence rates in children aged 5–14 and adults aged 50–74 years (1).

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