Saturday, 10 September 2011


MRI Brain Axial T1, T2 and FLAIR
This MRI study of brain shows a well circumscribed right parietal cortical lesion.
Signals are low on T1w, isointense to Csf on T2 w images.
Absence of complete signal suppression on FLAIR.
Typical bubbly cystic appearance on T2w images.
A minimal focal T2 hyper intense odema on FLAIR in adjacent brain parenchyma.
No mass effect.
Mild scalloping of overlying adjacent right parietal bony calvarium.

Imaging diagnosis : Findings are very typical of DNET.

Similar Case : Dysembryoplastic-neuro-epithelial-tumor.html

Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumor (DNET)

A benign, focal, intra cortical mass superimposed on background of cortical dysplasia.
Imaging wise diagnostic clue is a well-demarcated, wedge-shaped "bubbly" intra cortical mass in young patient with longstanding partial seizures.

Temporo parietal lobe is common location.
Lesion is hypo dense and non enhancing on CT.
Cystic T2 hyper intensity on MRI, incomplete signal suppression on FLAIR. Non enhancing on post contrast, may show faint focal, punctate or ring-enhancement in 20%. No restricted diffusion on Dw images. T2* GRE images are non contributory but may show hemosiderin staining owing to bleed which is very uncommon in DNET.
Minimal or no mass effect is typical.
Often lacks surrounding edema.
Scalloping of adjacent inner table in 44-60 %
Calcification is not its feature but may be seen in ~ 20 %
Very slow growth over many years on follow up imaging.

MR Spectroscopy findings are nonspecific, but lactate present in some.

Nuclear Medicine on PET
18F-FDG PET demonstrates glucose hypometabolism.
Lower [Ue] methionine (MET) uptake in DNET than in ganglioglioma or gliomas.
Ictal may show hyperperfusion
Interictal hypoperfusion typical

DNET contributes to < 1% of all primary brain tumors.
Genetics : Sporadic > Nonneoplastic focal cortical dysplasias may be syndrome related.
Reported with NF1
Associated with cortical dysplasia.

Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features are neocortical lesion, thick gyrus.
Microscopic Features are "specific glioneuronal element" (SGNE), columns of heterogeneous cells oriented perpendicular to cortex. Oligodendrocyte-like cells arranged around capillaries. Other cells show astrocytic, neuronal differentiation.

Most common clinical presentation is longstanding Epilepsy, difficult to control partial complex seizures, common in child or young adult. Non gender preponderance.

In natural History & Prognosis, these are benign lesions.
No to very slow increase in size over time.
Rare recurrence.

Seizures may become intractable. Glutamate receptors shown within tumor and margins may explain typical difficult to control seizures.
Surgical resection of epileptogenic foci.

Reference : Diagnostic imaging Osborn.

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