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Abrar A Wani, Uday S Raswan, Nayil K Malik, Altaf U Ramzan
Dermoid cysts are rare, benign lesions of embryological origin that represent 0.1-0.7% of all intracranial tumors. They are mainly located in the supra tentorial space, especially in the parasellar region. Their location in the posterior fossa remains uncommon. Rupture of intracranial dermoid cysts is a rare phenomenon. We present a case of dermoid cyst, which had ruptured into ventricular system. Computed Tomography and MRI revealed fat in the fourth ventricle, prepontine cistern, and cerebellomedullary cistern...
October 2016: Neurosciences: the Official Journal of the Pan Arab Union of Neurological Sciences
Robert Y Shih, James G Smirniotopoulos
In adults, the most common expansile "mass" lesion in the posterior fossa is a subacute stroke, whereas the most common neoplastic lesion in the posterior fossa is cerebellar metastasis (intra-axial) or vestibular schwannoma (extra-axial). Those diseases fall outside the scope of this article, which focuses on primary intra-axial tumors of the posterior fossa in adults. This category of tumors is uncommon and more frequently encountered in children. This article reviews tumors of the cerebellum, brainstem, and fourth ventricle that are seen in adult patients, following categories from the 2007 World Health Organization classification of central nervous system tumors...
November 2016: Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
B Shen, L H Su, S Y Zhang
Objective: To investigate the effectiveness and advantage of improved microsurgery for fulminant hemorrhagic dilation of the fourth ventricle. Methods: The clinical data of 21 patients with fulminant hemorrhagic dilation of the fourth ventricle were analyzed retrospectively.All patients underwent hemorrhage evacuation and improved atlantooccipital decompression via middle suboccipital trans-cerebellar vermis approach, with preceding external ventricular drain. Results: One patient died of brainstem failure postoperative, and 20 patients were followed up from 6 to 17 months...
September 20, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
G Chen, W W Zhai, Z Q Yu
Objective: To explore experience and methods in the microsurgical treatment of midline deep brain lesions. Methods: The clinical data of patients with midline deep brain lesions were retrospectively analyzed. The clinical manifestation, imaging findings, lesion locations, surgical procedures, pathological diagnosis and follow-up results were summarized and analyzed. All the lesions were located deeply in the brain midline: corpus callosum (n=1), thalamus and basal ganglia (n=6), lateral ventricle (n=4), the third ventricle (n=2), pineal region (n=8), brainstem and fourth ventricle region (n=4)...
September 13, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
Frank Y Lin, Katie Bergstrom, Richard Person, Abhishek Bavle, Leomar Y Ballester, Sarah Scollon, Robin Raesz-Martinez, Andrew Jea, Sherri Birchansky, David A Wheeler, Stacey L Berg, Murali M Chintagumpala, Adekunle M Adesina, Christine Eng, Angshumoy Roy, Sharon E Plon, D Williams Parsons
The integration of genome-scale studies such as whole-exome sequencing (WES) into the clinical care of children with cancer has the potential to provide insight into the genetic basis of an individual's cancer with implications for clinical management. This report describes the results of clinical tumor and germline WES for a patient with a rare tumor diagnosis, rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor of the fourth ventricle (RGNT). Three pathogenic gene alterations with implications for clinical care were identified: somatic activating hotspot mutations in FGFR1 (p...
September 2016: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
Takatsugu Abe, Tomohiro Kawaguchi, Miki Fujimura, Teiji Tominaga
A 69-year-old woman presented with anorexia, fever, and vomiting. The patient was not a compromised host. She was finally diagnosed with <i>Listeria</i> meningitis and treated with ampicillin and gentamicin. However, her condition worsened over time. Non-contrast head CT showed ventricular dilatation. As a result, continuous right ventricular drainage was performed. Non-contrast MRI revealed hydrocephalus due to stenosis of the fourth ventricle. She underwent endoscopic third ventriculostomy(ETV)to improve cerebrospinal fluid circulation...
September 2016: No Shinkei Geka. Neurological Surgery
Giuseppe M Barbaglio, Giuseppe Raudino, Massimiliano Visocchi, Massimiliano Maione, Francesco Certo
BACKGROUND: Colloid cysts are rare benign intracranial lesions classically described as "third ventricle colloid cysts" because of their location within the third ventricle. These lesions' clinical and diagnostic features are mainly related to intermittent or persistent obstruction of foramina of Monro causing cerebro-spinal fluid (CSF) circulation impairment and symptoms of raised intracranial pressure. Few reports on colloid cysts located outside the third ventricle have been published over the years...
September 7, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
H X Mao, H Y Zhu, Y L Wang, Y Yang, X F You, X W Sun
OBJECTIVE: To study the MRI features of ventricular system tuberculosis. METHODS: Nineteen patients with ventricular system tuberculosis in our hospital from Mar. 2009 to Sep. 2014 were retrospectively identified. Their clinical features and cranial MRI characteristics were reviewed. RESULTS: There were 13 males and 6 females, aged from 15-81 years(mean 37±16). Eight patients had intraventricular tuberculosis, with 5 long striped or irregular shaped intraventricular tuberculosis and 3 with ventricular tuberculoma...
September 2016: Chinese Journal of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases
Jigna Rajesh Kumar, Ramamoorthy Rajkumar, Tharindunee Jayakody, Subhi Marwari, Jia Mei Hong, Sherie Ma, Andrew L Gundlach, Mitchell K P Lai, Gavin S Dawe
Relaxin-3 has been proposed to modulate emotional-behavioural functions such as arousal and behavioural activation, appetite regulation, stress responses, anxiety, memory, sleep and circadian rhythm. The nucleus incertus (NI), in the midline tegmentum close to the fourth ventricle, projects widely throughout the brain and is the primary site of relaxin-3 neurons. Over recent years, a number of preclinical studies have explored the function of the NI and relaxin-3 signalling, including reports of mRNA or peptide expression changes in the NI in response to behavioural or pharmacological manipulations, effects of lesions or electrical or pharmacological manipulations of the NI, effects of central microinfusions of relaxin-3 or related agonist or antagonist ligands on physiology and behaviour, and the impact of relaxin-3 gene deletion or knockdown...
September 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Todd A Hardy, Andrew W Lee, Con Yiannikas, Celia S Chen, Stephen W Reddel
BACKGROUND: Ocular neuromyotonia is a rare, but well-recognized, complication of cranial irradiation. CASE REPORT: Using figures and videos, we report a 52-year-old man with extensive ocular, brainstem, and lower cranial nerve neuromyotonia postradiation therapy for a fourth ventricle glioma who, in the context of an apparently positive edrophonium test, was initially misdiagnosed with myasthenia gravis. CONCLUSIONS: This is the first case of postirradiation neuromyotonia to be reported with such extensive cranial nerve and brainstem involvement...
September 2016: Neurologist
Muhammad A Soofi, Andrew P Ignaszewski, Anson W Cheung, Jamil G Bashir
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries (ccTGA) is a rare condition with prevalence of <0.5%. Dextrocardia is reported among 20% of them. Among patients with ccTGA, heart failure is a common presentation, especially in the fourth or fifth decade of life and survival is dismal without heart transplantation. A left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is considered for bridge to transplantation if early heart transplantation is not available or as destination therapy for patients ineligible for heart transplant...
August 11, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Sayoa A de Eulate-Beramendi, Kelvin M Piña-Batista, Victor Rodrigo, Hector E Torres-Rivas, Juan C Rial-Basalo
BACKGROUND: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBS) is a highly malignant glioma that rarely presents as an infratentorial tumor. Multicentric gliomas lesions are widely separated in site and/or time and its incidence has been reported between 0.15 and 10%. Multicentric gliomas involving supratentorial and infratentorial region are even more rare. In most cases, infratentorial disease is seen after surgical manipulation or radiation therapy and is usually located in the cerebellum or cervical region...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
Shubo Song, Taibing Fan, Bin Li, Weijie Liang, Haoju Dong, Kaiyuan Wu, Lin Liu
BACKGROUND: Both percutaneous and perventricular device closures of perimembranous ventricular septal defects (PmVSD) present certain drawbacks. We report our experiences with a new, minimally invasive surgery using a peratrial device closure of PmVSD through a right infraaxillary route. METHODS: Between January 2014 and October 2015, 145 patients (71 male, 74 female) with PmVSD, aged 0.5 to 9.7 years (mean 2.8 ± 2.2) and weighing between 6.1 kg and 43 kg (mean 14...
August 2, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Hirofumi Nakatomi, Satoru Miyawaki, Taichi Kin, Nobuhito Saito
Auditory brainstem implant (ABI) technology attempts to restore hearing in deaf patients caused by bilateral cochlear nerve injury through the direct stimulation of the brainstem, but many aspects of the related mechanisms remain unknown. The unresolved issues can be grouped into three topics: which patients are the best candidates; which type of electrode should be used; and how to improve restored hearing. We evaluated our experience with 11 cases of ABI placement. We found that if at least seven of eleven electrodes of the MED-EL ABI are effectively placed in a patient with no deformation of the fourth ventricle, open set sentence recognition of approximately 20% and closed set word recognition of approximately 65% can be achieved only with the ABI...
October 15, 2016: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
Krasimir Minkin, Emanuil Naydenov, Kaloyan Gabrovski, Petia Dimova, Marin Penkov, Rositsa Tanova, Sevdelin Nachev, Kiril Romanski
OBJECTIVE: Successful use of high-dose fluorescein-sodium (20mg/kg) with a standard light microscope for resection of high-grade gliomas, meningiomas, hemangioblastoma and metastases was reported. The principle of brain tumor staining by fluorescein-sodium (Fl-Na) consists in the accumulation of fluorescein in brain tumors with impaired blood-brain barrier. The aim of our study was to investigate for the first time the usefulness of high-dose fluorescein in patients operated on for benign neuroepithelial brain tumors (grade I WHO tumors) with contrast enhancement on magnetic resonance imaging...
October 2016: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Francesco Giovanni Sgulò, Pietro Spennato, Ferdinando Aliberti, Giuliana Di Martino, Daniele Cascone, Giuseppe Cinalli
Chiari malformation type I (CM-I) and hydrocephalus are often associated with complex craniosynostosis. On the contrary, their simultaneous occurrence in monosutural synostosis is extremely rare. The pathophysiological hypothesis is that they may alter posterior fossa growth and lead to cerebellar tonsil herniation also without skull base primary involvement. Hydrocephalus is multifactorial and may be secondary to fourth ventricle outlet obstruction. The management of these cases is quite complex and not well defined...
July 22, 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
S Qvarlander, K Ambarki, A Wåhlin, J Jacobsson, R Birgander, J Malm, A Eklund
OBJECTIVES: Increased aqueduct cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) flow pulsatility and, recently, a reversed CSF flow in the aqueduct have been suggested as hallmarks of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus (INPH). However, these findings have not been adequately confirmed. Our objective was to investigate the flow of blood and CSF in INPH, as compared to healthy elderly, in order to clarify which flow parameters are related to the INPH pathophysiology. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixteen INPH patients (73 years) and 35 healthy subjects (72 years) underwent phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
July 8, 2016: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
M R Patibandla, Vamsi Krishna Yerramneni, Vijaya S Mudumba, Nukavarapu Manisha, Gokul Chowdary Addagada
The incidence of epidermoid tumors is between 1% and 2% of all intracranial tumors. The usual locations of epidermoid tumor are the parasellar region and cerebellopontine angle, and it is less commonly located in sylvian fissure, suprasellar region, cerebral and cerebellar hemispheres, and lateral and fourth ventricles. Epidermoid cysts located in the posterior fossa usually arise in the lateral subarachnoid cisterns, and those located in the brain stem are rare. These epidermoids contain cheesy and flaky white soft putty like contents...
July 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Ameer Y Taha, Helene C Blanchard, Yewon Cheon, Epolia Ramadan, Mei Chen, Lisa Chang, Stanley I Rapoport
Linoleic acid (LA, 18:2n-6) is a precursor to arachidonic acid (AA, 20:4n-6), which can be converted by brain lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase (COX) enzymes into various lipid mediators involved in the regulation of brain immunity. Brain AA metabolism is activated in rodents by the bacterial endotoxin, lipopolysaccharide (LPS). This study tested the hypothesis that dietary LA lowering, which limits plasma supply of AA to the brain, reduces LPS-induced upregulation in brain AA metabolism. Male Fischer CDF344 rats fed an adequate LA (5...
June 23, 2016: Molecular Neurobiology
Nurzhan Ryskeldiyev, Gabit Olenbay, Raushan Auezova, Tim Killeen, Nurgul Aldiyarova, Zauresh Akhmetzhanova, Evaldas Cesnulis, Serik Akshulakov
We present a case of fourth ventricle anaplastic ependymoma in a pregnancy which was the first result of three rounds of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer. Whether hormonal treatment can directly or indirectly precipitate brain tumors to develop or become symptomatic is unclear.
June 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
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