pituitary_adenoma_classification

Pituitary adenoma classification

They are classified based on size or cell of origin. Pituitary adenoma can be described as microadenoma, macroadenoma, and giant tumors based on size. Microadenoma is tumors less than 10 mm, while macroadenoma includes tumors larger than 10mm. Giant pituitary tumors are more 40 mm. There are functional pituitary adenomas in which the cell type that composes them causes increased secretion of one or multiple hormones of the anterior pituitary. Alternatively, there are nonfunctional adenomas that do not secrete hormones, but they can compress the surrounding areas of the anterior pituitary leading to hormonal deficiencies 1).

see The 2017 World Health Organization classification of tumors of the pituitary gland.

In the fourth edition of the World Health Organization classification of endocrine tumors, are two critical changes to the classification for pituitary adenomas.

One is that the term “atypical adenoma,” which was characterized based on highly proliferative properties to predict adenomas that carry a poor prognosis, was completely eliminated due to the lack of definitive evidence. The other change is the introduction of more precise cell lineage-based classification of pituitary adenoma that is defined based on lineage-specific transcription factors and hormones produced. Accordingly, null cell adenomas have been re-defined as those that show completely negative immunostaining either for hormones or for adenohypophyseal transcription factors 2).

Somatotroph adenoma.

Lactotroph adenoma.

Tyrotroph adenoma.

Corticotroph adenoma.

Gonadotroph adenoma.

Null cell adenoma

Plurihormonal pituitary adenoma and double adenomas.


The classification is based upon size, invasion of adjacent structures, sporadic or familial cases, biochemical activity, clinical manifestations, morphological characteristics, response to treatment and recurrence 3).

Current classification systems for PAs are based primarily on secretory characteristics of the tumor but are also classified on the basis of phenotypical characteristics, including tumor size, degree of invasiveness (e.g., Knosp grade), and immunohistological findings 4).

The anterior WHO classification system for PAs was refined to include designations for benign adenoma, atypical adenoma, and pituitary carcinoma on the basis of p53 immunoreactivity, MIB-1 index, mitotic activity, and the absence/presence of metastases 5) 6).

These tumor types can be microadenomas or macroadenomas and can either be functional or non-functional.

By Size

Pituitary microadenoma

Pituitary macroadenoma

Giant pituitary adenoma

Volume can be calculated using MRI-guided volumetrics and an ellipsoid approximation (TV × AP × CC/2) transverse (TV), antero-posterior (AP) and cranio-caudal (CC).

By Function

Functioning pituitary adenoma

Nonfunctioning pituitary adenoma

Pituitary adenomas with gangliocytic component are rare tumors of the sellar region that are composed of pituitary adenoma cells and a ganglion cell component. Their histogenesis and hence nosology is not yet resolved because of the small number of cases reported and lack of large series in the literature 7).

Invasive pituitary adenomas and pituitary carcinomas are clinically indistinguishable until identification of metastases.

Knosp Grade.

Hardy’s Classification of Pituitary Adenomas.


1)
Russ S, Shafiq I. Pituitary Adenoma. 2020 Feb 4. StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2020 Jan-. Available from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK554451/ PubMed PMID: 32119338.
2)
Inoshita N, Nishioka H. The 2017 WHO classification of pituitary adenoma: overview and comments. Brain Tumor Pathol. 2018 Apr;35(2):51-56. doi: 10.1007/s10014-018-0314-3. Epub 2018 Apr 23. Review. PubMed PMID: 29687298.
3)
Syro LV, Rotondo F, Ramirez A, Di Ieva A, Sav MA, Restrepo LM, Serna CA, Kovacs K. Progress in the Diagnosis and Classification of Pituitary Adenomas. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2015 Jun 12;6:97. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2015.00097. eCollection 2015. Review. PubMed PMID: 26124750; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4464221.
4)
Knosp E, Steiner E, Kitz K, Matula C: Pituitary adenomas with invasion of the cavernous sinus space: a magnetic resonance imaging classification compared with surgical findings. Neurosurgery 33:610–618, 1993
5)
Barnes L, Eveson JW, Reichart P, David Sidransky: World Health Organization Classification of Tumours: Pathology and Genetics of Head and Neck Tumours Lyon, IARC Press, 2005
6)
Zada G, Woodmansee WW, Ramkissoon S, Amadio J, Nose V, Laws ER Jr: Atypical pituitary adenomas: incidence, clinical characteristics, and implications. J Neurosurg 114:336–344, 2011
7)
Balci S, Saglam A, Oruckaptan H, Erbas T, Soylemezoglu F. Pituitary adenoma with gangliocytic component: report of 5 cases with focus on immunoprofile of gangliocytic component. Pituitary. 2014 Jan 16. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 24430434.
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