Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 43, Issue 5, pp 620–627

Neuroimaging of nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS) in children


    • Department of RadiologyHoward University College of Medicine
  • Adam Kaplan
    • Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryWashington Hospital Center
  • George Obeid
    • Department of Oral and Maxillofacial SurgeryWashington Hospital Center
  • Nadja Kadom
    • Department of Diagnostic Imaging and RadiologyChildren’s National Medical Center
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DOI: 10.1007/s00247-012-2516-x

Cite this article as:
Sartip, K., Kaplan, A., Obeid, G. et al. Pediatr Radiol (2013) 43: 620. doi:10.1007/s00247-012-2516-x


Nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome (NBCCS, Gorlin syndrome) is an autosomal dominant condition with a wide range of manifestations, including multiple basal cell carcinomas, medulloblastoma, odontogenic keratocysts (OKC) and skeletal abnormalities. Children with NBCCS also have a predisposition for secondary cancers after exposure to ionising radiation. In children undergoing imaging for posterior fossa mass and/or maxillofacial cysts, certain additional findings can raise the possibility of NBCCS. Making the diagnosis can significantly impact patient management, especially for children with medulloblastoma.


Nevoid basal cell carcinoma Odontogenic keratocysts Medulloblastoma Gorlin syndrome Children

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