En plaque meningioma - sphenoid wing

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Chronic headaches with left exophthalmos. Had surgery of the left orbit 4 years ago

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Female

The MRI sequences revealed a well-defined fusiform extraconal soft tissue mass of the superolateral aspect of the left orbit, adjacent to the greater sphenoid wing, isointense on T1WI, and FLAIR, and slightly hyperintense on T2WI with intense and homogeneous enhancement on postcontrast sequences.

Dural thickening with enhancement of the anterior aspect of the middle cranial fossa extending to the ipsilateral cavernous sinus. The lateral rectus muscle is thickened and displaced medially with non-axial proptosis grade III. The left optic nerve is displaced medially with preserved thickness, and signal intensity.

Bony defects of the greater wing of the sphenoid are noted due to the previous surgery.

Case Discussion

This case illustrates the typical features of en plaque meningioma arising from dura overlying the greater wing of sphenoid with orbital extraconal extension (histologically proven).

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Case information

rID: 68731
Published: 11th Jun 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Head & Neck
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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