Empty Sella Syndrome

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • Empty Sella Turcica

Disorder Subdivisions

  • None

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.

Resources

March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
1275 Mamaroneck Avenue
White Plains, NY 10605
Tel: (914)997-4488
Fax: (914)997-4763
Tel: (888)663-4637
Email: Askus@marchofdimes.com
Internet: http://www.marchofdimes.com

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
Tel: (301)496-5751
Fax: (301)402-2186
Tel: (800)352-9424
TDD: (301)468-5981
Email: me20t@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/

MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
USA
Tel: (920)336-5333
Fax: (920)339-0995
Tel: (877)336-5333
Email: mums@netnet.net
Internet: http://www.netnet.net/mums/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
Internet: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/Default.aspx

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