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Empty Sella Syndrome


Synonyms of Empty Sella Syndrome
  • Empty Sella Turcica

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    The primary form of empty sella syndrome is a rare inherited disorder of the brain that is transmitted as an autosomal dominant trait. The disorder is characterized by an empty space filled with cerebrospinal fluid in the sella turcica area of the brain. The area fills with fluid as a result of a defect in the sella diaphragm. Symptoms and findings may include unusual facial features, a highly-arched palate, moderate short stature, increased bone density (osteosclerosis), and normal pituitary function.

    The secondary form of this disorder is caused by another underlying disorder or defect (e.g., surgery, radiation therapy, etc.). In the idiopathic form of the disease, the exact cause in not known. This form of the disorder affects mostly obese, middle-aged women.

    Organizations related to Empty Sella Syndrome
    • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
      150 Custer Court
      Green Bay WI 54301-1243
      Phone #: 920-336-5333
      800 #: 877-336-5333
      e-mail: mums@netnet.net
      Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
    • March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
      1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
      White Plains NY 10605
      Phone #: 914-428-7100
      800 #: 888-663-4637
      e-mail: Askus@marchofdimes.com
      Home page: http://www.marchofdimes.com
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/



    For a Complete Report

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