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Neurochirurgie. 2001 Dec;47(6):564-7.

[Burkitt lymphoma of the cavernous sinus. Apropos of a case].

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Service de Neurochirurgie, CHU-Hôpital de la Timone Adultes, rue Saint-Pierre, 13385 Marseille.


Cavernous sinus lymphoma is a rare occurrence. We report a case of a 37-year-old woman who was admitted for an oculo-motor paresis and retro-orbital pain. CT scan and MRI disclosed a cavernous sinus tumor. A surgical biopsy was performed through a pterional approach and the histological diagnosis was a solitary primary Burkitt's lymphoma. Aggressive chemotherapy led to a complete and asymptomatic remission after a follow-up of 9 years. The mechanism of the primary localization in the cavernous sinus is discussed.

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