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Int J Radiat Res 2020, 18(3): 605-610 Back to browse issues page
Brainstem schwannoma: A case report and review of clinical and imaging features
X. Liang, W. Shi, X. Wang, J. Qin, L. Wang, X. Wu, X. Liang, H. Zhang , Y. Tan
Department of Medical Imaging, Shanxi Medical University, Shanxi Province, China , zhanghui_mr@163.com
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Background: Intracerebral schwannoma is an extremely rare disease, accounting for fewer than 1% of intracranial schwannomas. The most common site for this type of schwannoma is the cerebral hemisphere, especially the frontal and temporal lobes; brainstem schwannoma is infrequent. Case Description: Here, we report a 51-year-old man with a monthlong history of blurred vision and weakness in his left lower limb. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a heterogeneous cystic tumor with a solid nodule arising from the brainstem. The patient underwent a craniotomy with complete resection of the tumor, which was confirmed to be a brainstem schwannoma by histopathological examination. We also performed a literature review of the 19 reported cases of brainstem schwannoma. Conclusions: Brainstem schwannomas predominated in children and young adults (60% of cases occurred in patients ≤ 30 years of age), and were more common in females (65%). Most of these schwannomas exhibited heterogeneous intensity, containing cystic (78%) and solid-enhanced components. The vast majority of reported cases (94.9%) followed a benign course, with an improved prognosis following tumor resection.
Keywords: Brainstem schwannoma, clinical and imaging features.
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Liang X, Shi W, Wang X, Qin J, Wang L, Wu X, et al . Brainstem schwannoma: A case report and review of clinical and imaging features. Int J Radiat Res. 2020; 18 (3) :605-610
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