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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2013, Article ID 171494, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/171494
Case Report

Intracerebral Schwannoma in a 16-Year-Old Girl: A Case Report and Review of the Literature

1Department of Neurosurgery, Sri Ramachandra Medical Centre and Research Institute, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 600116, India
2Department of Pathology, Government Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala 680596, India

Received 27 July 2013; Accepted 3 September 2013

Academic Editors: P. Berlit and R. Koide

Copyright © 2013 R. Srinivas et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Intracerebral schwannomas are rare tumors of the CNS. We report a rare case of intracerebral schwannoma, presenting as a cystic and solid frontoparietal mass, arising in a 16-year-old girl. The patient presented seizures and headache. Neuroradiologic findings showed a left frontoparietal lesion with cystic and tissular components. The tumor was removed through a left frontoparietal craniotomy. Histological features confirmed the diagnosis of intracerebral schwannoma. Intracerebral schwannomas, unrelated to cranial nerves, are rare. The Schwann cells are not indigenous to brain substance, and hence histogenesis of these tumours has attracted a lot of speculation, but because most reported cases have involved young patients, a developmental origin has been suggested. The theories and literature related to this case are reviewed.