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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2006;40(4): 277-280.
Cavernous Hemangioma in the Middle Cranial Fossa & Cavernous Sinus.
Chang Kyu Park, Mou Seop Lee, Young Gyu Kim, Dong Ho Kim
Department of Neurosurgery, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea. mslee@chungbuk.ac.kr
Extracerebral cavernous hemangiomas are rare vascular tumors that are very difficult to remove because of severe intraoperative bleeding. We report a case of 57-year-old male with extracerebral cavernous hemangioma with review of 126 cases in the literature. Patient presented with blurred vision, diplopia, numbness on the left side of his face. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a well defined mass of 3 x 4 x 3 cm size with heterogenous iso-or hypointensity on T1-weighted image showing strong homogenous contrast enhancement and marked hyperintensity on T2-weighted image. Digital subtraction angiography(DSA) revealed a faint tumor blush by feeders from the left internal carotid artery(ICA) and left external carotid artery(ECA) in the delayed phase. Even with profuse intratumoral bleeding, near total removal was achieved. In addition to preoperative neurologic deficits such as ophthalmoplegia, facial numbness in the V1-2 dermatomes, ptosis appeared postoperatively.
Key Words: Extracerebral cavernous hemangioma; Cavernous sinus; Middle cranial fossa; High signal intensity on T2WI
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