Centre Clinical De Soyaux Department of Neurosurgery Chemin De Fregenueil, France
*Address for Correspondence: Keyvan Mostofi, Hopital Lorrain, Department of Neurosurgery, St Joseph, France
Dates: Submitted: 19 November 2015; Approved: 22 December 2015; Published: 31 December 2015
Citation this article: Mostofi K, WANDJI MJ. Intracranial Immature Teratoma of the Lateral Ventricle: A Case Report. Sci J Neuro Neurosur. 2015;1(1): 003-005
Copyright: © 2015 Mostofi K, et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Keywords: Immature teratoma, Intracranial congenital tumour, Hydrocephalus, Macrocephaly
Teratomas represent about 0.5% of all intracranial tumours and 2-4% of intracranial tumours in children. They generally arise from brain midline structures such as suprasellar region, pineal gland, quadrigeminal plate, walls of the third ventricle and cerebellar vermis. Teratomas localized in the lateral ventricle are extremely rare. We report a case of massive intracranial teratoma of lateral ventricle related with the choroid plexus in a 2-day-old female. She was born to the first pregnancy of a 26-year-old healthy woman. The pregnancy was uneventful until the 32nd week of gestation. Antenatal ultrasound scan discovered a massive macrocephaly with hydrocephalus and a right lateral ventricular choroid plexus mass. A caesarean section was performed because of failed vaginal delivery. The newborn weighed 2790g and her head circumference was 42 cm. During the first day, she presented oxygen desaturation several times and died on the second day after a cardiac arrest. An autopsy was performed. The histologic diagnosis was immature teratoma made.
Congenital intracranial tumours are very rare and account for 0.5-1.5% of all pediatric brain tumours [1-4]. According to Sclhembach D et al.  the most common type of these tumours is teratoma. Teratoma is located predominantly in supratentorial brain and in midline structure such as pineal gland, quadrigeminal plate, walls of the third ventricle, suprasellar region and cerebellar vermis. Its location in the lateral ventricle is extremely rare. We report a case of intracranial immature teratoma in a 2-day-old female presenting with macrocephaly and hydrocephalus which diagnosed as a brain tumour by ultrasound investigation and confirmed at autopsy.
A 26-year-old healthy primigravida was followed for a normal pregnancy with a normal ultrasonography at 20th week. At 32th week of gestation ultrasound investigation revealed a massive macrocephaly with hydrocephalus due to a right lateral ventricular choroid plexus mass. A week later another Ultrasound scan confirmed the diagnosis and showed tumour growth increase. Because of macrocephaly labour was induced at 34th week with palliative care project for the infant at birth in accordance with family. The fetus was delivered by caesarean section because of failed induction of labour after 48 hours. The newborn weighed 2790g, had a massive macrocephaly and her head circumference was 42 cm. The fontanels were enlarged and there were split cranial sutures. Otherwise, the infant had normal appearing body. After delivery, he breathed after a few seconds and cries openly at ten minutes. During the first day, he presented oxygen desaturation many a time and died on the second day after a cardiac arrest.
An autopsy was performed. Cranial bones were extremely thin. A huge tumour from choroid plexus of the right lateral ventricle was noticed and remnant brain tissue was deformed and hard to identify (Figure 1).
Macroscopically; the tumour was crumbly, whitish and firm in consistency. Histologically, the lesion was composed of multipart and disordered and polymorphic tissues and contained cystic and glandular structures; mesenchymal tissue, cartilaginous and muscle structure. Immunohistochemical examination demonstrated positivity for Desmin, Claretinine, NSE, Caldesmone and smooth muscle actin and a great positivity for E-cadherine. CD34 showed abundant vascularization of immature type (Figure 2-3). Diagnosis of immature teratoma was therefore made.
Craniotomy (red arrow) during autopsy shows that the tumour occupies all intracranial space (white arrow) and remnant brain tissue was deformed and hard to identify.
Congenital brain tumours are rare. Intracranial immature teratoma comprises 0.4% of all pediatric brain tumours . It constitutes the most common of germ cell tumours . Teratoma is formed during the first fourth weeks of embryonic development . The prevalence and female to male ratio of teratoma are unclear and the data of the literature are contradictory [13,15-16]. The most common locations for Teratoma are median structure such as cerebellar vermis, quadrigeminal plate, walls of the third ventricle, pineal gland and suprasellar region. Its occurrence in lateral ventricle is extremely rare. The first intracranial teratoma was reported by Breslau  in 1864 and the first teratoma of the lateral ventricle was reported in 1961 by Maier . Three types of teratoma have been described histologically: mature, immature and malignant. The prenatal detection of congenital intracranial tumours is becoming easier and more common due to ample accessibility of Ultrasound scan. However the distinction between teratoma and other intracranial tumours is not always possible. Intracranial immature teratoma has a massive intrauterine growth. The reasons of this massive growth allowing tumour to replace the normal tissue brain are unclear. Some authors consider that foetal phase offers a better environment for growth of the immature elements [14,15]. Clinically, intracranial teratoma symptomised by macrocephaly, hydrocephalus and infants delivered by caesarean section because of failed induction labour and large head size in infants. The prognosis is extremely poor and infants are stillborn or die very soon after birth. The intrauterine and postnatal management of these tumours are unclear because of their rarity. Recently, some authors proposed Computerized tomography especially MRI for diagnosis of Intracranial teratoma [8,10,12,16,17-20].
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