A Dorsally Located Endodermal Cyst in the Foramen Magnum Mimicking an Arachnoid Cyst: A Case Report

Yoichiro Kawamura, Hiroshi Oketani, Masahiro Mizoguchi, Nobuhiro Hata, Satoshi O. Suzuki, Koji Iihara

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Endodermal cysts are congenital benign cystic lesions in the central nervous system and cause various symptoms. Although some have been reported in the posterior fossa, endodermal cysts located dorsal to the brainstem are extremely rare. Case Presentation: The case was of a 10-year-old girl who presented with bilateral upper limb weakness and tremor. Magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated a 4.5-cm cystic lesion with T1-weighted hypointense and T2-weighted hyperintense content in the midline of the cisterna magna dorsal to the medulla oblongata. The cyst was cerebrospinal fluid-like, causing us to suspect a symptomatic arachnoid cyst. The lucent cyst wall had no apparent attachment, and complete recovery ensued following total excision of the cyst wall. Pathology confirmed a diagnosis of endodermal cyst. Discussion/Conclusion: Herein, we review the past literature on this rare entity. An endodermal cyst in the cisterna magna tends to be less strongly attached and to show a cerebrospinal fluid-like component on magnetic resonance images that mimics an arachnoid cyst. The characteristics of dorsally located endodermal cysts may differ from those in other locations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)197-202
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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