Case contributed by Dr Francis Fortin



Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Male

Small spontaneously hyperdense intra-axial lesion in the left temporal pole with surrounding edema. 


MRI confirms an intra-axial mass in the left temporal pole which is clearly not purely hemorrhagic seeing as it avidly enhances follow intravenous gadolinium administration. The lesion demonstrates heterogenous signal, mostly iso- to hyper-intense on T2WI and hypo-intense on T1WI. No significant blooming on T2* imaging nor significant diffusion restriction.

Case Discussion

One of the main teaching points of this case is to not overlook the initial hyperdense lesion on CT scan as demonstrating hemorrhage. Not only is the anterior temporal region unusual for spontaneous hemorrhage, the considerable amount of surrounding edema, as well as the patient's young age must warrant further investigation. Classically, hyperdense lesions on CT scan without contrast administration which aren't obviously calcified are thought to represent acute blood products. However, one must remember that very cellular tumors can be spontaneously dense relative to normal cortex.

The differential diagnosis for the CT appearance is broad, but might include:

Subsequent biopsy revealed gliosarcoma.

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