I am a
Home I AM A Search Login

Papers of the Week

2022 Feb




Rapid Brainstem Infiltration of a Cerebellar Glioblastoma.


De Jesus O, Vigo J, Oliver-Ricart M, Pérez-Berenguer JL
Cureus. 2022 Feb; 14(2):e22643.
PMID: 35371714.


A 79-year-old female complained of a one-month history of imbalance and headache. Brain MRI showed an irregular rim enhancing solid and cystic mass centered in the superomedial left cerebellar hemisphere. Resection of the lesion was recommended; however, the patient opted to undergo the procedure the following month because of the nearby Christmas holidays. When the patient returned 30 days later, a new brain MRI showed an enlargement of the cerebellar mass, extending to the brainstem and infiltrating the left brachium pontis, left posterior aspect of the tegmentum of the pons, and posterolateral medulla oblongata. Subtotal resection was performed without complications, and pathology was compatible with a primary cerebellar glioblastoma negative for IDH1/2 gene mutation. Because of the poor prognosis, the patient and her family members opted for hospice treatment, with the patient dying three weeks later. This case illustrates that cerebellar glioblastoma can rapidly infiltrate the brainstem.