Rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor of the fourth ventricle

Case contributed by Dr Mauricio Macagnan


Visual changes, nauseas and dizziness. No trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 60-year-old
Gender: Female

Expansive intraventricular lesion with small internal cystic area occupying the lower aspect of the fourth ventricle, with a slight predominance to the right, predominantly solid, hypointense on T1 and hyperintense on T2, no perilesional edema, showing there was minimal enhancement in the upper portion of the injury aspect to means of intravenous contrast (gadolinium). The sequence SWI likely hemosiderin foci within the lesion.

Anatomicopathological conclusion: The histopathology is compatible with Rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor of the fourth ventricle.

Conclusion immunohistochemical examination: Confirm the diagnosis of Rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor of the fourth ventricle

Postoperative control demonstrate resection of the fourth ventricle tumor, with no evidence of recurrence or remnant.

Case Discussion

The glioneural tumor is a rare lesion of the 4th ventricle of slow growth, that affects young adults and predilection for females. Clinically presents with headache, ataxia, or symptoms related to obstructive hydrocephalus, may be present in up to 60% of cases. Secondary symptoms are nausea and dizziness. Its preferred location cerebellar midline around the fourth ventricle (posterior fossa), but seldom in the pineal region, cerebellopontine angle, brain hemispheres.
MRI imaging is an excellent imaging method for identification of brain lesions, for this tumor type is used preferentially weighted sequences T1, T2, T2 * GRE or SWI and using means of intravenous contrast. They may be as solid tumor preferably in the fourth ventricle, tending to hyperintensity and heterogeneity in T2 and iso / hypointense on T1, with emphasis varying the contrast medium, and may have bleeding that is best detected in the sequence T2* GRE or SWI.


This case was kindly provided by Dr Rodrigo Dias Duarte.

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rID: 45662
Published: 6th Jun 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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