, Volume 139, Issue 3, pp 208-214

The relationship between cortical injury and brain tumour report of two cases and review of the literature

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We report on two cases of brain tumour and discuss the possible relationship to previous cortical trauma. The first patient, a 67-year-old male patient developed a glioblastoma at the same site of an open shell-splinter injury of the brain after a latency of 48 years. The second patient, a 55-year-old male, had a malignant anaplastic astrocytoma in the right frontal lobe 10 years after clipping of an aneurysm of the anterior communicating artery. Both cases fulfill the criteria of Zülch [52] for the correlation between cortical trauma and tumour. We believe that the development of a brain tumour following a cortical injury is very rare, although possible. Probably the brain must display some form of predisposing genetic alteration for a tumour to develop following a cortical injury.