Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngiomas are very rare benign (non-cancerous) tumours, with 50% occurring in children under 16 years, and the remainder at any time in adult life.

The tumours can be solid, cystic (full of fluid), calcified, or full of debris. They are slow-growing tumours that can take 2-3 years (or longer) to manifest themselves before a diagnosis is made.

Typical symptoms

  • headaches (sometimes accompanied by nausea or vomiting)
  • Diabetes Insipidus
  • disturbed sleep patterns
  • vision disturbance
  • behavioural changes, including introversion and inability to concentrate
  • slow growth
  • increased sensitivity to cold or heat
  • early or delayed puberty - children
  • irregular periods or loss of normal menstrual function (Amenorrhoea) - adult females
  • impotence - adult males
  • reduced fertility - adults
  • decrease in sex drive - adults
  • tiredness and susceptibility to infections
  • appetite and weight variations