How are craniopharyngiomas diagnosed?

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or CT (computerized tomography) scans to show the size and extent of the tumor

More About Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngiomas are more common in children. In fact, about half of all craniopharyngiomas occur in patients under 20.


  • headache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • balance problems
  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • cold intolerance
  • decreased sexual drive or impotence
  • overeating, obesity and sleepiness
  • delayed growth (in pediatric patients)
  • loss of peripheral vision or blurred vision

Treatment of Cranio-pharyngiomas

Surgery is the main therapy. Radiation is sometimes used after surgery.

Craniopharyngiomas usually occur in patients who are between 5 and 10 years old but they are also sometimes found in older individuals.