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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 615-616  

Extra-axial dural cavernous hemangioma with dural tail sign, masquerading as meningioma


1 Department of Pathology, G B Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, G B Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, New Delhi, India
3 Department of Radiodiagnosis, G B Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication18-Aug-2016

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Ravindra Kumar Saran
Department of Pathology, G B Pant Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, New Delhi - 110 002
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-3147.185508

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Gupta RK, Saran RK, Jagetia A, Narang P. Extra-axial dural cavernous hemangioma with dural tail sign, masquerading as meningioma. J Neurosci Rural Pract 2016;7:615-6

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Gupta RK, Saran RK, Jagetia A, Narang P. Extra-axial dural cavernous hemangioma with dural tail sign, masquerading as meningioma. J Neurosci Rural Pract [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 May 20];7:615-6. Available from: http://www.ruralneuropractice.com/text.asp?2016/7/4/615/185508

Sir,

Cavernous hemangiomas account for 5–13% of all vascular malformations of the central nervous system.[1] Although most of them occur within the parenchyma, occasional cases have been reported to arise from the dura mater. Majority of the dural cavernous hemangiomas are located in the middle cranial fossa, which are also known as cavernous sinus cavernous hemangiomas. Dural cavernous hemangiomas may sometimes exhibit a dural tail sign; a common radiological feature, if present usually favors meningiomas. Here, we report a case of a large cavernous sinus cavernous hemangioma in an adult male with dural tail radiologically mimicking as meningioma.

A 30-year-old male patient presented with the chief complaints of on and off headache, and right eye ptosis with vertical diplopia since 6 months. No other neurological deficits were noted.

Magnetic resonance imaging showed a large lobulated sellar/suprasellar lesion extending to left temporal fossa extra-axially. Left cavernous sinus was not seen separately, and cavernous part of internal carotid artery was encased. Lesion was hypointense on T1W1 and hyperintense on T2W1 and showed intense postcontrast enhancement [Figure 1]. An enhancing dural tail was also noted along sella which was neither enlarged nor destroyed. Sphenoid wing did not show any sclerosis or destruction on computed tomography scan [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Magnetic resonance imaging scan coronal (a) and sagittal (b) sections showing hyperintensity with contrast enhancement on T2W2 image and a dural tail is well visualized (red arrow)

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Figure 2: Computed tomography scan images (a and b) showing an extra-axial enhancing lesion in the cavernous sinus

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Right frontotemporal craniotomy with zygomatic osteotomy and tumor decompression was done. Intraoperatively tumor was firm, nonsuckable, highly vascular, gray-white extending anteriorly up to anterior clinoid space, posteriorly up to right cerebellopontine angle. On histopathology, it showed multiple blood filled spaces at places lined by endothelial cells within the thickened dura separated by loose fibrous septae suggestive of cavernous hemangioma [Figure 3].
Figure 3: Photomicrographs showing multiple blood-.filled spaces within the thickened dura separated by loose fibrous septae. At places, these are lined by flat endothelial lining (a and b). Immunohistochemistry stain for CD31 (c) and SMA (d) positivity in the endothelial cells of the vascular spaces

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Dural cavernous hemangiomas usually present with the symptoms of mass effect such as headache, visual disturbances, and neurological deficits. It is postulated that parenchymal cavernous hemangiomas most likely develop due to repeated hemorrhage of any cause. However, pathogenesis of dural-based hemangioma is still not understood.[2] Meyer et al.[3] hypothesized three alternative possible mechanisms for their development which include: (1) Capillary outgrowth at the periphery of the lesion; (2) gradual ectasia of vascular spaces; or (3) thrombosis with organization and progressive sclerosis. Earlier, about twenty cases of the dural-based cavernous sinus cavernous hemangioma have been reported. Few case reports have also described the presence of dural tail which was noted in this case.[4] This dural tail may occur due to meningeal reaction or direct tumor extension which usually leads to the misdiagnosis as meningioma. Furthermore, extreme hyperintensity of hemangioma on T2W2 image is an important clue differentiating it from meningioma. Their complex location and high vascularity may cause profuse intraoperative bleeding and is a great challenge for complete surgical resection. Though intra- and extra-axial hemangiomas are pathologically, a same entity but intraoperative complications and management segregate them as two different and distinct clinical diseases. To conclude, dural-based extra-axial cavernous hemangioma is a rare benign but complex lesion which may delineate dural tail and disguise preoperative diagnosis. A careful radiological diagnosis and angiographic evaluation is very helpful for the operative procedure and results in a better outcome.

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