Hemangioblastoma presenting with Fourth Ventricular Bleeding

Hiroyuki FUJII, Sotaro HIGASHI, Masaaki HASHIMOTO, Katsuo SHOUIN, Hideo HAYASE, Makoto KIMURA, Shinjiro YAMAMOTO
1987 Neurologia medico-chirurgica  
A 70-year-old woman was admitted with a diagnosis of subarachnoid hemorrhage. She had com plaints of sudden severe occipital headache and vomiting. Examination showed right blepharo ptosis, mild right mydriasis, depression of the right corneal reflex, dysphagia, and left sensory dis turbance. Computerized tomography revealed a high density area in the fourth and third ventricles. External ventricular drainage was performed, but the patient took a downhill course and died 6 months later.
more » ... revealed tumor tissue arising from the posterior aspect of the ponto medullary junction growing exclusively in the fourth ventricle. Histological examination showed a hemangioblastoma with endothelial proliferation, foam cells, swollen and lipid-filled endothelial cells, and varying sizes of dilated veins. It seems quite reasonable to assume that the hemorrhage in this case was due to rupture of the abnormally dilated veins around the tumor.
doi:10.2176/nmc.27.545 pmid:2448675 fatcat:b5c2odnfufcrpb4b7zexejd3ea