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Colloid Cyst Causing Varying Obstructive Hydrocephalus/Degisken Obstruktif Hidrosefaliye Neden Olan Kolloid Kist.

Keywords: Brain tumors, colloid cyst, hydrocephalus

Anahtar Kelimeler: Beyin tumorleri, kolloid kist, hidrosefali

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A 30-year-old female presented with sudden onset of headache, for two days. She had no nausea, vomiting, memory loss, mental status changes, gait disorder or visual disturbances. She had no other medical illness. She was referred for a non-contrast computed tomography (CT) scan of head, which showed asymmetrically dilated lateral ventricles (left>right) (Figure 1A) with normal third and fourth ventricles. The right and left lateral ventricles measured ~17 and 23 mm at the trigone level, respectively. The septum pellucidum was deviated towards the right side (Figure 1B). No definite hyperdense lesion was seen at the interventricular foramen. Contrast enhanced brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed after 20 hours, which showed mild diffuse cerebral edema and hydrocephalus with symmetric dilatation of the lateral ventricles (~1.7 cm at trigonal level) bilaterally, and periventricular interstitial edema. A small ~8-mm well-defined, rounded T1-isointense and T2-hypointense signal intensity non-enhancing lesion was seen in the region of the foramen of Monro and in the anterosuperior aspect of the third ventricle, prompting the diagnosis of colloid cyst (Figure 2). The patient was recommended to undergo surgery but she declined because her symptoms had considerably reduced.

Colloid cysts, which are benign mucin-containing cysts, account for 0.5-1.0% of primary brain tumors and are commonly found in the foramen of Monro, typically attached to the anterosuperior portion of the third ventricular roof (1). The size of the cysts range from 3-40 mm, but even relatively small cysts can cause sudden acute hydrocephalus. Occasionally, brain herniation with rapid clinical deterioration and death may result (2). Colloid cysts originate when ectopic endodermal elements migrate into the velum interpositum during embryogenesis. The cysts are filled with viscous gelatinous material that consists of mucin, blood degradation products, foamy cells, and cholesterol crystals (1).

On CT, the density of the colloid cyst depends on its water content. Though most colloid cysts are hyperdense on CT, one-third are iso-to-hypodense (3). About 50% of colloid cysts are hyperintense on T1-weighted images, and the remainder is either isointense or hypointense with respect to brain on MRI. On T2-weighted images, most colloid cysts are hypointense to the brain (1). The paramagnetic effects of the cyst content may be responsible for the low T2 signal intensity. Isointense cysts may be difficult to identify on MR images and may be more easily seen on CT scans.

Surgical treatment of colloid cysts includes three techniques: stereotactic aspiration, endoscopic fenestration, and a microsurgical approach, the latter two are used most frequently. Cyst size, location, and their content affect the success of treatment. Some cysts may be drained completely or partially with stereotactic aspiration (4).

Although waxing and waning of symptoms due to colloid cysts has been known, radiologic demonstration of rapid change in ventricular size in a period of 24 hours has not been documented to date. Here, we have documented a significant reduction of hydrocephalus in less than 24 hours on CT and MRI imaging, further reinforcing the fluctuant course of symptoms associated with colloid cysts.


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Peer-review: Internally peer-reviewed.

Authorship Contributions

Surgical and Medical Practices: V.I., R.S., Concept: V.I., Design: V.I., P.M., M.F.S.M., Data Collection or Processing: V.I., P.M., Analysis or Interpretation: V.I., R.S., Literature Search: V.I., P.M., M.F.S.M., Writing: M.F.S.M., V.I.

Conflict of Interest: No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure: The authors declared that this study received no financial support.


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Venkatraman Indiran (1), Mohideen Fathima Seeni Mohamed (1), Rengarajan Santhanam (2), Prabakaran Maduraimuthu (1)

(1) Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Clinic of Radiodiagnosis, Tamil Nadu, India

(2) Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Clinic of Neurosurgery, Tamil Nadu, India

Address for Correspondence/Yazisma Adresi: Venkatraman Indiran MD, Sree Balaji Medical College and Hospital, Clinic of Radiodiagnosis, Tamil Nadu, India

Phone: +90 442 265 34 29 E-mail: ORCID ID:

Received/Gelis Tarihi: 22.07.2017 Accepted/Kabul Tarihi: 02.10.2017

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Title Annotation:Images in Clinical Neurology / Klinik Gorunum
Author:Indiran, Venkatraman; Mohamed, Mohideen Fathima Seeni; Santhanam, Rengarajan; Maduraimuthu, Prabakar
Publication:Turkish Journal of Neurology
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Mar 1, 2018
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