Pilocytic astrocytoma

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Headaches and ataxia.

Patient Data

Age: 12 years
Gender: Male

MRI brain

Selected images from an MRI of the posterior fossa demonstrates a large cystic mass with peripheral nodular enhancement. It appears to be arising from the left hemisphere, displacing and compressing the fourth ventricle. Given the patients age, the ventricles appear enlarged in keeping with hydrocephalus. 

Case Discussion

These are fairly typical appearances of a pilocytic astrocytoma - a cystic mass with mural enhancing nodule in a child. 

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Case information

rID: 15116
Published: 24th Sep 2011
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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