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Childs Nerv Syst. 1999 Jan;15(1):8-10.

Meningioma of the cavernous sinus in a child.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Ege University Faculty of Medicine, Izmir, Turkey.


Intracranial meningiomas in children are rare, representing 1-4.2% of central nervous system tumors and 1.5-1.8% of all intracranial meningiomas. Meningiomas arising from the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus account for less than 1% of all intracranial meningiomas. To our knowledge, only one case of a meningioma arising from the cavernous sinus has been reported in childhood. A 6-year-old boy presented with left ophthalmoplegia. A slight drooping of the left eyelid was noted at the age of 1 year. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with contrast administration revealed an enhancing mass lesion located in the left cavernous sinus. The tumor, arising from the lateral wall of the cavernous sinus, was totally removed and the oculomotor nerve was reconstructed with a sural nerve graft. MRI displayed total tumor removal 1 month after the surgery. The pathological diagnosis was of a psammomatous meningioma.

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