• History and Examination 
    22 yo female, presented with history of chronic headache and pregressive loss of vision for 3 months
    History of recent seizures within 1 week before hospital admission.
    Systemic review, past medical, past surgical, and drug history are unremarkable
     Significant decreased vision [1/6], otherwise no neurological deficit.

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    1. Where does the lesion originate from?

    2. What is the most likely diagnosis?

    3 .What is the best surgical approach?

    4. What is the further post operative management?

    5. Which of the following describes you?

    6. I practice in one of the following locations.

    • I think the tumor is intraventricular, in the right frontal cavity, causing obstruction, and intracranal hipertension
    • Please I want feedback from self assessment
    • May be chorroid plexus papiloma
    • Quite educative.  I highly commend the CNS for these monthly Case of the month quiz.
    • 1-Positivity to neuronal markers such as:

      synaptophysin, neuronal specific enolase should be examined.
      2-Adjuvant therapy mainly radiotherapy (chemotherapy might be added). 
    • I have recently treated a similar case (40y/o Male) which was reported as a gemicytositic astrocytoma. The tumor had rim like peripheral calcification on CT scan. SEGA is my first choice here. 
    • Subependymoma as second choice          
    • Good case
    • I think it is chorroid plexus papiloma 
    • A TAG LINE: Neuro-oncological emergency could be used! 
    • It is great to share and discuss cases, and in the same time, increase your knowledge. Thank you very much!
    • Post-operative treatment depends on pathology. With working diagnosis of central neurocytoma no other treatment needed.
    • Submitted by:
    • Dr. Walid Elgaddafi, Benghazi, Libya

      Case Explanation:

      PMA is currently understood to be a pediatric brain tumor with a distinctive monomorphous pilomyxoid histological pattern ,a more aggressive behavior than classical PA and is typically located in the hypothalamic/chiasmatic region. On imaging, PMA is typically well circumscribed without surrounding edema, consisting of solid with some cystic components and enhances homogeneously with contrast. Although PMA is a WHO grade II low-grade astrocytoma, it appears to follow a more benign clinical course in the three adult patients reported thus far, in addition to our case.

      Intra-operatively, the tumor was totally intra-ventricular, and gross total resection was done, through right transcortical approach (middle frontal gyrus). With a histopathology report confirming the diagnosis of pilomyxoid astrocytoma.


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