Patients with non-functioning pituitary adenomas (NFPAs) are followed-up with serial endocrine, ophthalmologic and radiological assessment. There is a lack of evidence based guidance regarding the frequency and duration of radiological assessment during follow-up. We retrospectively analysed the details of follow-up radiological scanning in a cohort of… (More)
A case of meningioma that developed at a site of a previously performed burr hole is reported. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a meningioma arising at a previous burr hole site. The possible reasons for its causation are discussed.
A 53-year-old man presented with a 9-month history of symptoms of right-sided weakness, tingling and hypersentivity to clothes on both sides of the body. MRI revealed a large intraspinal intradural tumour at the level of C3-C4 in the cervical cord. The final histology was a solitary fibrous tumour (SFT) of the cervical spinal cord. The radiological… (More)
We report and discuss the rare case of a pituitary abscess forming within a Rathke's cleft cyst (RCC). A 66-year-old gentleman presented with visual deterioration and symptoms suggestive of hypopituitarism. The patient underwent transsphenoidal debulking of the lesion whereupon purulent material was discovered. Histological examination was suggestive of RCC… (More)
Primary pyogenic abscess in the conus medullaris in a healthy adult has never been reported. An urgent MRI scan with contrast and prompt surgical evacuation may lead to good neurological recovery.
We report the first case of ectopic prostate tissue in a lipoma of the spine. Ectopic prostate tissue is well documented at a number of sites within the human body. Ectopic prostate tissue has previously been reported in the spine but usually in the context of spinal teratomas. This case is unique in that this is the first description of the presence of… (More)
Choroid plexus papillomas are rare tumours, which occasionally spread both intracranially and down the spinal canal. Spinal metastasis has been reported infrequently and only once many years since the initial diagnosis. This is the first reported case of late recurrence, metastasis and transformation of a benign to an atypical lesion.
We report the case of an adolescent with a thoracic spine astrocytoma whose initial presentation was communicating hydrocephalus. We speculate that the mechanism may be reduced meningeal compliance due to meningeal spread of the tumour. Craniospinal MR imaging should be considered as part of the routine work up for patients presenting with unexplained… (More)
We discuss a case of subdural metastasis in which the clinical features and associated images mimic acute subdural haematoma.
Intramedullary cervical spinal cord schwannomas are rare tumours and complete excision is often an elusive goal. The use of the KTP laser to accomplish complete excision has not been reported previously. Postoperatively, our patient had no additional deficit and after 1 year has made a good recovery. This case further highlights the difficulty in… (More)