Extragonadal germ cell tumor presenting in a woman with systemic lupus erythematosus: a case report
Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia
Journal of Medical Case Reports 2010, 4:97 doi:10.1186/1752-1947-4-97Published: 25 March 2010
Germ cell tumor of the pituitary gland is a very rare occurrence.
We describe the case of a 28-year-old Malaysian Malay woman with lupus nephritis who complained of a three month headache and blurring of vision. She was found to have a pituitary mass, which was later proven to be a germ cell tumor. As of writing this case report, her disease is in remission.
The disruption of the pituitary gonad axis could affect the disease activity by reducing immunoregulatory control.