|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 6 | Page : 1629-1630
Rare Case of Brain Herniation Secondary to Tentorial Hypoplasia: Be Careful While Reporting!
Rupali Jain, Manisha Jana
Department of Radiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||23-Dec-2021|
Dr. Manisha Jana
Department of Radiodiagnosis, Room No. 81C, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Jain R, Jana M. Rare Case of Brain Herniation Secondary to Tentorial Hypoplasia: Be Careful While Reporting!. Neurol India 2021;69:1629-30
A 25-year-old gentleman presented to the OPD with complaints of severe headache for 6 months. Neurological examination was normal. Later patient underwent CECT head. A “mass” was noted in the quadrigeminal and left superior cerebellar cistern [Figure 1]. On careful evaluation, it revealed precuneus and cuneus part of left occipital lobe herniating into posterior fossa through partially hypoplastic tentorium [Figure 1]. No other associated abnormality was noted.
Transtentorial herniation is described as displacement of brain tissue to an abnormal location through tentorium. It is usually secondary (mass effect by neoplasm etc.) than primary. The proposed mechanism for rare isolated form is abnormality in fusion of tentorium. Perinatal insult or trauma during birth can also lead to it.
Undoubtedly, MRI provides superior diagnostic confidence in this regard; however, CT alone can be sufficient for diagnosis. The CT features include dural defect with the herniation of normal brain parenchyma through it. It can be located anteriorly or posteriorly with the herniation of hippocampus/parahippocampus and precuneus/cuneus gyrus respectively. There should be no associated secondary cause.
Soft tissue density in this region might also mimic pathologies including extra-axial brain tumors as mentioned in one of few case reports. This emphasizes the need to be aware of such condition and proper evaluation, in order to avoid raising false alarm.
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