Ependymoma

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones

Presentation

Headache. No neurology.

Patient Data

Age: 3 years
Gender: Female
MRI

Large posterior fossa tumour centred in the fourth ventricle and extending out of the left foramen of Luschka. It extends anterior to the brainstem and also just into the left IAM.

Case Discussion

This tumour is centred on the fourth ventricle and extends out of the ventricular system via the foramen of Luschka. The main bulk of disease is extra-ventricular with extension anterior to the brainstem and into the internal acoustic meatus on the left.

Posterior fossa tumours in children consist of four main entities. As classically described, the ependymoma is the tumour that will exude from foramina in an almost plastic fashion, much akin to toothpaste being squeezed from a tube.

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Case information

rID: 21746
Case created: 15th Feb 2013
Last edited: 15th Jul 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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