Neurol India Home 

Year : 2013  |  Volume : 61  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 547--548

Intraventricular melanoma metastases

Alberto Feletti1, Salima Magrini1, Renzo Manara2, Enrico Orvieto3, Giacomo Pavesi1,  
1 Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy
2 Department of Neuroradiology, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy
3 Department of Pathology, University Hospital of Padova, Padova, Italy

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Alberto Feletti
Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital of Padova, Padova

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Feletti A, Magrini S, Manara R, Orvieto E, Pavesi G. Intraventricular melanoma metastases.Neurol India 2013;61:547-548

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Feletti A, Magrini S, Manara R, Orvieto E, Pavesi G. Intraventricular melanoma metastases. Neurol India [serial online] 2013 [cited 2022 Aug 10 ];61:547-548
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Intraventricular spread of cutaneous melanoma is a rare occurrence. [1],[2],[3],[4],[5] We report a case of subependymal metastasis of melanoma presenting with intratumaral bleed presenting 10 years after the diagnosis of the primary tumor.

A 60-year-old woman presented with a 10-day history of asthenia, depression, and occasional headache and vomiting without any neurological deficit. Computed tomography (CT) scan showed a 3 cm mass in the septum pellucidum, consistent with hemorrhage. Blood was also detected in the third ventricle and in the occipital horn of the left lateral ventricle. Contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a T1-, T2-hyperintense mass lesion enlarging the septum pellucidum cavity. An intraventricular left parasagittal nonhomogeneously enhancing mass was also noted [Figure 1]. Medical history revealed a previous surgery in 2000 for melanoma of left knee. During the scheduled follow-up, the patient underwent a second surgery in 2007 to remove a local relapse and resect regional lymph nodes. Brain CT scan in 2001 was reported normal. An MRI performed at another hospital in 2010 showed a 3 mm contrast-enhancing subependymal lesion, which had been overlooked, at the level of the head of the left caudate nucleus [Figure 1]a. The mass was exposed via an interhemispheric transcallosal approach. A chronic hematoma was found splitting the two leaves of the septum pellucidum. After aspiration of the hemorrhage, a dark brown mass was noted. The lesion was adherent to the left caudate nucleus and to the septum pellucidum and it was totally resected. Postoperative course was uneventful. Histology of the lesion showed sheets of neoplastic cells with large eosinophilic cytoplasm and atypical nuclei with large nucleoli, along with hemorrhagic areas. Mitotic activity was high. Immunoreactivity for melanocytic marker HMB45 (+++) was strongly positive, and immunoreaction for cytocheratin marker MNF116 was negative [Figure 1]f-g. Based on these findings, the diagnosis was metastatic melanoma. The patient underwent fractionated radiotherapy with 30 Gy 3 weeks after surgery. A total body CT scan performed after the adjuvant treatment did not show any pathological enhancement.{Figure 1}

Although melanoma frequently spreads to the brain, intraventricular location has been rarely reported [Table 1]. [1],[2],[3],[4],[5] Despite the possibility that some of the reported primary melanomas can be secondary to a cutaneous melanoma, which ultimately regressed, the occurrence of an intraventricular metastasis is still exceptional. [1],[2],[6],[7],[8],[9] Majority of the reported tumors arises from the choroid plexus and are located in the lateral ventricles. [1],[3],[4],[5] Symptoms are those of elevated intracranial pressure. A minimally invasive neuroendoscopic biopsy followed by adjuvant therapy is the most common reported treatment. [2],[4],[5]{Table 1}

Our case is particularly interesting because of imaging features from the primary melanoma diagnosis until the detection of the intracerebral metastasis 10 years later. Although it is well-known that melanoma can spread even after many years, this patient demonstrates how a small brain metastasis can present with bleeding 10 years after the diagnosis of primary cutaneous melanoma. It is also worth noting that the bleeding occurred in the septum pellucidum, though lateral wall of left lateral ventricle was the location of the metastasis. Based on the imaging findings in this case, we postulate that a subependymal metastasis can have a preferential way for local invasion along the ependymal layer. This can explain the fluid collection between the two leaves of the septum pellucidum in our patient.


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