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What is the deepening of the sella turcica mean

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What is the deepening of the sella turcica mean
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Neurology
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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago
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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

Was this a result that you obtained from a brain scan?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
It showed on a ct scan. I had one done on my sinuses and my Dr said the radiologist saw deepening of the sella turcica but she said it's nothing real bad. I'm just wondering exactly what it is
Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

Sure. Thanks for that information.

I would say the phrasing "deepening" is a little unusual terminology for the sella, but basically the sella turcica is the area in which the pituitary gland resides.

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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

The doctor may have been referring to some apparent enlargement of the sella, or to the sella looking relatively large related to the size of the pituitary gland.

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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

This is sometimes referred to as empty sella syndrome.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Is it bad?
Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

This condition can be a benign variant in some cases (meaning of no real importance), but in other cases can occur if there is a mass or tumor in the area which is expanding the sella, or if there is an elevated pressure in the brain that exerts pressure on the sella.

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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

In my experience, it is usually not related to a serious condition.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Thank you
Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

Having said that, it may be worthwhile to see a neurologist to get a complete history from you, and to determine if you would benefit from an MRI of the Brain with contrast, with attention to the pituitary and sella region.

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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

If you suffer from headaches, evaluating for an elevated pressure condition in the head may be needed, which can be done with a spinal tap.

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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

I would try not to get over worried about this, and simply see a specialist (neurologist) to make sure you are not missing anything.

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I don't get headaches often. I get sinus headaches due to a nasal polyp
Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

Best wishes. Please let me know if there are more questions. Don't forget to rate me highly, and bonuses always appreciated.

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Neurologist: KarayanMD, Neurologist (MD) replied 1 year ago

Most likely an MRI would be indicated to look into this further.

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