Intracranial embryonal carcinoma

An intracranial embryonal carcinoma is a relatively rare neoplasm and accounts for only 10% of all intracranial germ cell tumors 1. It is an aggressive tumor and has a propensity to metastasize systemically 2. A component of embryonal carcinoma is often found in mixed germ-cell tumors, in which case it is usually the most aggressive component, and dictates prognosis. CSF and plasma AFP and b-HCG may be elevated 1, but again this is not specific to this tumor.

Pineal region masses

The pineal region is anatomically complex and plays host to a number of unique masses and tumors as well as potentially affected by many entities seen more frequently elsewhere in the brain. 

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Germ cell tumours

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