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Spontaneous remission of a diffuse brainstem lesion in a neonate


We describe here the spontaneous remission of a diffuse brainstem lesion found in an infant at the age of 7 weeks. Clinical and MRI characteristics strongly suggested a diffuse pontine glioma. Repeated MRI studies showed a continuous decrease in the size of the lesion, which was no longer visible by the age of 27 months. Spontaneous remission of diffuse pontine glioma is extremely rare; to our knowledge there are reports of only three similar cases.

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Schomerus, L., Merkenschlager, A., Kahn, T. et al. Spontaneous remission of a diffuse brainstem lesion in a neonate. Pediatr Radiol 37, 399–402 (2007).

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  • Brainstem
  • Pons
  • Glioma
  • Spontaneous remission
  • Neonate
  • MRI