Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 40, Issue 7, pp 1254–1262 | Cite as

Medulloblastoma: atypical CT and MRI findings in children

  • Ayelet Eran
  • Arzu Ozturk
  • Nafi Aygun
  • Izlem Izbudak
Pictorial Essay


Posterior fossa mass lesions in children usually present a diagnostic challenge despite their high frequency and the limited number of differential diagnostic possibilities. Consideration of medulloblastoma within the differential diagnosis of such lesions mandates an aggressive surgical approach as residual tumor is a known risk factor for poor prognosis. Preoperative imaging of the entire neuroaxis is critical given the high propensity of drop metastases. In this pictorial presentation, we review and demonstrate less common features of medulloblastomas to facilitate diagnosis in challenging cases.


Medulloblastoma Brain tumors Children MRI CT 



We thank Drs. Doris Lin, Thierry Huisman, and Daniel Reich for their assistance with manuscript preparation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ayelet Eran
    • 1
  • Arzu Ozturk
    • 1
  • Nafi Aygun
    • 1
  • Izlem Izbudak
    • 1
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, The Russell H. Morgan Department of Radiology and Radiological ScienceDivision of NeuroradiologyBaltimoreUSA

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