Brain tumour

Brain tumour

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Caption: Brain tumour. Light micrograph of a section through a craniopharyngioma brain tumour. This tumour arises from the remnants of Rathke's pouch, a structure present in human embryos that partly forms the pituitary gland. The cells of the tumour (purple) are seen, with areas of calcified tissue (white). A craniopharyngioma causes the pressure within the skull to rise. The tumour also causes the pituitary gland to decrease production of the hormone vasopressin, which controls the re- uptake of water by the kidneys. As a result, the patient may develop diabetes insipidus, a condition that results in the production of large quantities of dilute urine. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: brain, calcification, calcified, cancer, cancerous, cell, cells, central nervous system, condition, craniopharyngioma, disease, disorder, healthcare, histology, histopathology, light micrograph, malignancy, malignant, medical, medicine, nerve, nerves, neurology, pathology, pituitary gland, rathke's pouch, section, sectioned, tissue, tumour

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