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South African Journal of Surgery

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MAHOMED, N  and  MOTSHUDI, T. The ectopic posterior pituitary gland. S. Afr. j. surg. [online]. 2013, vol.51, n.4, pp.148-148. ISSN 2078-5151.

An ectopic posterior pituitary gland is a rare condition and may present with an empty pituitary fossa, hypoplasia or absence of the infundibular stalk and resultant short stature due to growth hormone deficiency. The location of the ectopic lobe can vary, but it is most commonly situated along the median eminence in the floor of the third ventricle. We report a case of an ectopic posterior pituitary gland, describe the causes and discuss the diagnostic imaging features.

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