An endolymphatic sac tumor with imaging features of aneurysmal bone cysts: differential diagnostic considerations
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- Alkonyi, B., Günthner-Lengsfeld, T., Rak, K. et al. Childs Nerv Syst (2014) 30: 1583. doi:10.1007/s00381-014-2453-0
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Endolymphatic sac tumors (ELSTs) are rare, slow-growing tumors of the petrous bone. Despite the typical localisation, their radiological diagnosis can be challenging due to the variety of other tumors potentially showing similar features.
We present a 16-year-old child with progressive hearing loss, vertigo, and tinnitus who had a large petrous bone lesion showing imaging features of both ELSTs and aneurysmal bone cysts (ABCs). The patient underwent preoperative embolization of the tumor-supplying vessels and subsequently a subtotal resection. Histological examination revealed an ELST.
Despite the rarity of petrous bone ABCs, they should be considered as a differential diagnostic alternative of ELSTs due to their similar imaging appearance.