Resident old-age psychiatrists need training in the interpretation of cerebral imaging: a pituitary incidentaloma
Due to the increased use of cerebral imaging with higher sensitivity, the old-age psychiatrist is more likely to find unexpected lesions. We report on a 73-year-old man with schizoaffective disorder and increasing cognitive deterioration. When given a diagnostic mri cerebrum a pituitary incidentaloma was found. An overview of the literature shows a high prevalence of pituitary incidentalomas. Complications are generally rare, but one should be alert. The old-age psychiatrist should take the lead in the assessment and interpretation of such imaging results. The relevant skills for this task should be developed in the field of old-age psychiatry during the residency training in psychiatry.