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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1135-1136

Sturge Weber Syndrome with Pituitary Macroadenoma in an Adult: An Unusual Association

Department of Radiology, SKIIMS, Soura, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Date of Submission25-Feb-2020
Date of Decision28-Apr-2020
Date of Acceptance09-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication2-Sep-2021

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Omair Ashraf Shah
167 Nursingh Garh, Karanagar, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir - 190 010
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.325331

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Gojwari TA, Shah OA, Hussain A, Mohiuddin A, Hassan G, Masood M, Hamid I. Sturge Weber Syndrome with Pituitary Macroadenoma in an Adult: An Unusual Association. Neurol India 2021;69:1135-6

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Gojwari TA, Shah OA, Hussain A, Mohiuddin A, Hassan G, Masood M, Hamid I. Sturge Weber Syndrome with Pituitary Macroadenoma in an Adult: An Unusual Association. Neurol India [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jan 23];69:1135-6. Available from:

Sturge Weber Syndrome (SWS) is a congenital anomaly characterized by a facial port wine stain in trigeminal distribution, retinal choroidal angioma and leptomeningeal angioma.[1] SWS usually presents in the form of seizures, headache or ocular features and seizures usually present in the first year of life in 75% of the patients.[2] In addition to the neurological features, endocrine presentation can be seen in the form of hypopituatrism.[3],[4]

A 30-year-old male patient was admitted to our center with a history of doubtful seizure episode. On inquiring from family members, a history of recurrent seizures from the age of 6 yrs was obtained. On examining the patient, reddish discoloration of left half of the face was observed [Figure 1]. A CT scan of the head was done, which showed atrophy of the left cerebral hemisphere with subtle gyral calcifications and hyperostosis of overlying bone especially along frontal lobe [Figure 2]. MRI was done for further evaluation which showed morphological features similar to CT, but on CEMRI images, characteristic leptomeningeal enhancement was seen suggestive of a leptomeningeal angioma. A suprasellar mass showing features characteristic of a macroadenoma was also seen and endocrine evaluation was ordered [Figure 3]a and [Figure 3]b. Taking into account the characteristic facial port wine angioma and leptomeningeal angioma on CEMRI in addition to the history of epilepsy, a diagnosis of Sturge Weber Syndrome was made. The presence of a non-functional pituitary macroadenoma was also documented.
Figure 1: Image of the patient showing the typical left sided port wine angioma

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Figure 2: Non contrast CT image showing atrophy of left cerebral hemisphere, subtle calcifications in the occipital lobe and thickened bone

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Figure 3: (a) T1 post contrast sagittal image showing enhancing sellar suprasellar lesion suggestive of a pituitary macroadenoma. (b) T1 sagittal post contrast image showing characteristic enhancing leptomeningeal angioma. Thickening of overlying calvaria is also noted

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