Severe hydrocephalus simulating hydranencephaly

Case contributed by Dr Ahmed Abdrabou


Delayed motor and mental milestones and progressive head enlargement

Patient Data

Age: 2 years ago
Gender: Male

Thin cortical mantle is only noted at the gyrus rectus (inferior part of frontal lobe) and temporal lobes. There is also thin rim of brain tissue seen at the frontal region bilaterally and at the lateral aspect of falx cerebri. The falx is present and thick and the posterior fossa is unremarkable. 

Case Discussion

Severe hydrocephalus may simulate hydranencephaly. The clue for diagnosis is presence of cortical mantle i.e. rim of brain tissue lining the inner skull table.

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Case information

rID: 24408
Published: 13th Aug 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: brain
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