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Arachnoid cyst of the craniocervical junction: case report.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11440446     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE AND IMPORTANCE: An arachnoid cyst at the craniocervical junction presenting with obstructive hydrocephalus as a result of blockage of the outflow of the fourth ventricle is described. This is a very rare anatomic site, with only five other cases described in the literature. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: A 37-year-old woman presented with a 9-month history of severe neck pain, persistent vomiting, visual disturbances, and numbness of the nose, cheek, and lips. She had severe bilateral papilledema on ophthalmoscopy. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a midline cystic lesion extending down to C2. INTERVENTION: The patient underwent posterior fossa craniectomy and excision of the arachnoid cyst. She made a full recovery and was asymptomatic at follow-up examination. CONCLUSION: The symptomatology of these rare craniocervical arachnoid cysts and their development are discussed.
S J Price; K M David; D G O'Donovan; A R Aspoas
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurosurgery     Volume:  49     ISSN:  0148-396X     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosurgery     Publication Date:  2001 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-06     Completed Date:  2001-11-01     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7802914     Medline TA:  Neurosurgery     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  212-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, Essex, England.
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MeSH Terms
Arachnoid Cysts / complications,  diagnosis*,  pathology,  surgery*
Central Nervous System Diseases / complications,  diagnosis*,  pathology,  surgery*
Cervical Vertebrae / surgery*
Hydrocephalus / etiology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Skull / surgery*

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