Subependymoma: fourth ventricle

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Non-specific headaches for investigation.

Patient Data

Age: Elderly adult
MRI

MRI of the brain

Within the inferior aspect of the fourth ventricle is a small well circumscribed mass which is isointense to the adjacent cerebellum on T1 and slightly hyperintense on T2. There is no evidence of calcification, or of contrast enhancement. No hydrocephalus is identified.

Case Discussion

This is a typical appearance and location of a subependymoma. In the correct demographic (older adults) typical appearances such as this should be reassuring and enable conservative management, as long as the patient is asymptomatic. 

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Case information

rID: 4733
Case created: 3rd Oct 2008
Last edited: 9th Sep 2016
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