European Radiology

, Volume 10, Issue 7, pp 1076–1078

Early spontaneous regression of a hypothalamic/chiasmatic mass in neurofibromatosis type 1: MR findings

Authors

  • G. Zuccoli
    • Department of Radiology, University of Parma, V. Gramsci, 14, I-43100 Parma, Italy
  • F. Ferrozzi
    • Department of Radiology, University of Parma, V. Gramsci, 14, I-43100 Parma, Italy
  • M. Sigorini
    • Department of Paediatrics, University of Parma, V. Gramsci, 14, I-43100 Parma, Italy
  • R. Virdis
    • Department of Paediatrics, University of Parma, V. Gramsci, 14, I-43100 Parma, Italy
  • P. Bassi
    • Department of Radiology, University of Parma, V. Gramsci, 14, I-43100 Parma, Italy
  • M. Bellomi
    • Division of Radiology, European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy
Case report

DOI: 10.1007/s003309900293

Cite this article as:
Zuccoli, G., Ferrozzi, F., Sigorini, M. et al. Eur Radiol (2000) 10: 1076. doi:10.1007/s003309900293
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Abstract.

A patient with neurofibromatosis type 1 was found to have an enhancing mass in the hypothalamus and in the anterior optic pathway. A 3-month MR study showed a reduction in the size and enhancement of the mass. At a 9-month MR follow-up the mass disappeared and ceased to enhance. This report shows the unusual behaviour of a hypothalamic/chiasmatic mass confirming that in such asymptomatic cases the conservative management can be considered the treatment of choice.

Key words: Neurofibromatosis – Magnetic resonance – Brain – Nervous system tumours
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