Conditions We Treat.

Home > Conditions > Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngioma is a benign (non-cancerous) brain tumor that most commonly occurs near the pituitary gland and optic nerves.

Craniopharyngioma Symptoms:

Craniopharygiomas are rare and occur most often in childhood and in adults, ages 40-60 years. Because they are located close to the pituitary gland, hormonal and endocrine symptoms are common with craniopharygiomas.

  • Visual loss
  • Peripheral vision loss (bitemporal hemianopsia)
  • Disruptions in the endocrine system, such as hypothyroidism, slow growth, changing body weight, irregular menstrual cycles or delayed puberty
  • Headaches

If left untreated, the tumor can enlarge and cause blindness in one or both eyes. CT and MRI scans of the brain are needed for craniopharyngioma diagnosis.

Craniopharyngioma Treatment:

Though craniopharygiomas are non-cancerous, surgical treatment is often needed to remove all or part of the tumor. Depending on the size and location, minimally invasive surgery may be an option. A neurosurgeon may also recommend radiation and chemotherapy to kill tumor cells.

*Disclaimer: The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing medical advice. You should contact your doctor to obtain advice with respect to any particular medical issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create a doctor-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the medical office or any individual doctor or physician.

We specialize in Craniopharyngioma Treatment.

At Nashville Neurosurgery Associates, we are proud to be one of the region’s leading neurosurgical centers. Our team of board-certified surgeons provide expert care and treatment of craniopharyngioma.

Rex-Arendall-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates

REX ARENDALL, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
obbi-Franklin-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates

ROBBI L. FRANKLIN, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
Khan-Li-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates-2

KHAN LI, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
Chine-Logan-DO_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates-2

CHINE SP LOGAN, DO, MHA, MS, FACS, FACOS

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
Robert-Mericle-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates

ROBERT A. MERICLE, MD, FAANS

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
William-Schooley-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates-2

WILLIAM SCHOOLEY, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
Karl-Sillay-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates-2

KARL SILLAY, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
Ivan-Stoev-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates

IVAN T. STOEV, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon
Christopher-Storey-MD_Nashville-Neurosurgery-Associates

CHRISTOPHER STOREY, MD, PHD

Fellowship Trained Neurosurgeon
Arthur Ulm MD Nashville NeurosurgeryAssociates

ARTHUR J. ULM, MD

Board-Certified Neurosurgeon

Alex Gordon

Alex was diagnosed with a pituitary tumor behind her optic nerve. Dr. Franklin performed surgery to remove her tumor, and she has returned to her normal life!

Did you know you can now request an appointment online?