Objective: Most studies in patients with craniopharyngioma did not investigate morbidity and mortality relative to the general population nor evaluated risk factors for excess morbidity and mortality. Therefore, the objective of this study was to examine excess morbidity and mortality, as well as their determinants in patients with craniopharyngioma. Design: Hospital-based retrospective cohort study conducted between 1987 and 2014. Methods: We included 144 Dutch and 80 Swedish patients with craniopharyngioma identifed by a computer-based search in the medical records (105 females (47%), 112 patients with childhood-onset craniopharyngioma (50%), 3153 personyears of follow-up). Excess morbidity and mortality were analysed using standardized incidence and mortality ratios (SIRs and SMRs). Risk factors were evaluated univariably by comparing SIRs and SMRs between non-overlapping subgroups. Results: Patients with craniopharyngioma experienced excess morbidity due to type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) (SIR: 4.4, 95% confdence interval (CI): 2.8-6.8) and cerebral infarction (SIR: 4.9, 95% CI: 3.1-8.0) compared to the general population. Risks for malignant neoplasms, myocardial infarctions and fractures were not increased. Patients with craniopharyngioma also had excessive total mortality (SMR: 2.7, 95% CI: 2.0-3.8), and mortality due to circulatory (SMR: 2.3, 95% CI: 1.1-4.5) and respiratory (SMR: 6.0, 95% CI: 2.5-14.5) diseases. Female sex, childhood-onset craniopharyngioma, hydrocephalus and tumour recurrence were identifed as risk factors for excess T2DM, cerebral infarction and total mortality. Conclusions: Patients with craniopharyngioma are at an increased risk for T2DM, cerebral infarction, total mortality and mortality due to circulatory and respiratory diseases. Female sex, childhood-onset craniopharyngioma, hydrocephalus and tumour recurrence are important risk factors.

doi.org/10.1530/EJE-17-0707, hdl.handle.net/1765/104074
European Journal of Endocrinology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

Wijnen, M. (Mark), Olsson, D.S. (Daniel S.), van den Heuvel-Eibrink, M., Hammarstrand, C. (Casper), Janssen, J.A.M.J.L. (Joseph A.M.J.L.), van der Lely, A.-J., … Neggers, B. (2018). Excess morbidity and mortality in patients with craniopharyngioma: A hospital-based retrospective cohort study. European Journal of Endocrinology, 178(1), 93–102. doi:10.1530/EJE-17-0707