Intraventricular cyst

Case contributed by Royal Melbourne Hospital


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Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female

Non contrast CT demonstrates expansion of the posterior part of the body of the right lateral ventricle. It is above the trigone and does not appear to have a colpocephaly configuration. The temporal horn is also distended but to a lesser degree. 


MRI demonstrates that the expansion is caused by a very thin-walled (best seen on T2 fast spine echo sequences) cystic lesion which follows CSF on all sequences, including FLAIR and DWI. 

Except for the location, the appearances are characteristic for a simple intraventricular cysts, sometimes referred to (perhaps more accurately in these cases) as CSF cysts, are uncommon but well described. 

The absence of an enhancing component makes other lesions most unlikely. 

Case Discussion

The patient went on to have endoscopic fenestration of the cyst, with histological confirmation of the diagnosis. 


Specimen Type: Arachnoid cyst fluid

The smear contains foamy macrophages, leptomeningeal cells and red blood cells. No malignant cells are identified.

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Case information

rID: 13744
Published: 12th May 2011
Last edited: 8th Sep 2019
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