Document Type : Case Report

Authors

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

2 Military Hospital Shimla, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India

Abstract

Introduction: Hemochromatosis of the pituitary gland is a form of iron overload which occurs in different clinical conditions related to multiple blood transfusions.
Case report: We present a case of secondary hemochromatosis involving the pituitary gland & choroid plexus in an 8 years old female with imaging findings and a review of the relevant literature. Our patient has had a history of cessation of growth in height for the last 01 year. She was diagnosed as a case of thalassemia major at the age of 06 months. She was on regular blood transfusions since then. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) revealed evidence of iron deposition in the pituitary gland.
Conclusion: This diagnosis should be suspected on clinical presentation and history of multiple blood transfusions. It can be confirmed based on characteristic imaging findings. The patient should be strictly monitored with serum iron levels and a tailored iron chelation therapy should be started.

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