Nasal encephalocele

Case contributed by Dr Prashant Gupta


Long standing swelling medial to left eye. CT scan outside reported as "orbital dermoid".

Patient Data

Age: 10 months
Gender: Male

Axial images demonstrate a cystic lesion medial to the globe. Coronal images demonstrate continuity of the cyst with the intracranial compartment and containing herniated frontal lobe tissue.

Case Discussion

Encephalocoeles are uncommon, but are an important lesion to consider. Imagine the results of deciding to excise this 'dermoid' without appreciating the actual pathology. 

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Case information

rID: 17213
Published: 27th Mar 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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