Lhermitte-Duclos disease with atypical vascularization--case report and review of the literature

Andres, R H; Guzman, R; Weis, J; Brekenfeld, C; Fandino, J; Seiler, R W (2009). Lhermitte-Duclos disease with atypical vascularization--case report and review of the literature. Clinical neuropathology, 28(2), pp. 83-90. München-Deisenhofen: Dustri-Verlag

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OBJECTIVE: A case of Lhermitte-Duclos disease (LDD, dysplastic gangliocytoma) with atypical vascularization is reported. LDD is a rare cerebellar mass lesion which may be associated with Cowden's syndrome and the PTEN germline mutation. CASE MATERIAL: A 61-year-old male presented 15 years before with a transient episode of unspecific gait disturbance. Initial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging revealed a right-sided, diffuse, nonenhancing cerebellar mass lesion. No definitive diagnosis was made at that time, and the symptoms resolved spontaneously. 15 years later, the patient presented with acute onset of vomiting associated with headache and ataxic gait. MR imaging showed a progression of the lesion with occlusive hydrocephalus. The lesion depicted a striated pattern characteristic for LDD with T1-hypointense and T2-hyperintense bands, nonenhancing with contrast. After resection of the mass lesion, the cerebellar and hydrocephalic symptoms improved rapidly. The pathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of dysplastic gangliocytoma (WHO Grade I) with enlarged granular and molecular cell layers, reactive gliosis and dysplastic blood vessels. No other clinical features associated with Cowden's syndrome were present. CONCLUSIONS: This case illustrates that LDD with atypical vascularization is a slow-growing posterior fossa mass lesion which may remain asymptomatic for many years. Timing of surgical treatment and extent of resection in patients with LDD is controversial. The typical features on standard T1-/T2-weighted MR imaging allow a diagnosis without surgery in most cases. The authors believe that the decision to treat in these cases should be based on clinical deterioration.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurosurgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Radiology, Neuroradiology and Nuclear Medicine (DRNN) > Institute of Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology

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