Atypical teratoid-rhabdoid tumor spreading along the trigeminal nerve

R. Beschorner*, M. Mittelbronn, A. Koerbel, U. Ernemann, D. R. Thal, H. G. Scheel-Walter, R. Meyermann, M. Tatagiba

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We here describe the case of a boy with an atypical teratoid-rhabdoid tumor (ATRT) of the 4th ventricle at 1 year of age and a local tumor recurrence at 19 months of age. Due to brainstem infiltration, only incomplete tumor resection was possible each time. High-dose chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation and irradiation resulted in complete tumor remission on a control MRI. At 8 years of age, another tumor appeared extending from the cerebellopontine angle along the right trigeminal nerve through Meckel's cave into the cavernous sinus. The trigeminal tumor was not in continuity with the primary ATRT but was located within the field of prior irradiation, neuroradiologically mimicking a schwannoma or a meningioma. The origin of the trigeminal tumor as a late metastasis of the former ATRT or as a less likely irradiation-induced secondary ATRT and the operative approach are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-263
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - May 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Atypical teratoid-rhabdoid tumor
  • Metastasis
  • Recurrence
  • Trigeminal nerve


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