5-ALA fluorescence in intraparenchymal endodermal cysts
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In recent years, new indications have been suggested for 5-ALA, particularly for cystic lesions. We report the use of 5-ALA fluorescence in an intraparenchymal supratentorial endodermal cyst of a 52-year-old female presenting with headache, progressive right side hemiparesis and anomic aphasia. She underwent an image-guided 5-ALA-assisted left minicraniotomy for fenestration of the cystic lesion into the ventricular system. The capsule of the cyst was noted to fluoresce with 5-ALA. She recovered from the previous deficits and the cyst decreased in size. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time 5-ALA fluorescence is reported in a case of endodermal cyst.