Jorge Armando Lara-Olivas, Marcos V. Sangrador-Deitos, Rodolfo Villalobos-Díaz, Ricardo Marian-Magaña, Juan Luis Gomez-Amador
  1. Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Mexico City, Mexico.

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Marcos V. Sangrador-Deitos, Department of Neurosurgery, National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Mexico City, Mexico.


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Background: Giant intracranial aneurysms cause symptoms due to mass effect and can mimic other lesions in imaging studies. The coexistence of tumors and aneurysms is relatively rare, with meningiomas being the predominant tumors found in such cases. The relationship between these two entities is complex and represent a neurosurgical challenge.

Case Description: A 61-year-old woman presented with intermittent headache, vertigo, right peripheral facial palsy, hearing loss, and left hemiparesis. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed two lesions: a supratentorial paraclinoid lesion in the left frontotemporal region and a right infratentorial extra-axial mass, suggestive of a meningioma. The patient underwent a two-staged surgical intervention to address both lesions.

Conclusion: In this particular case, the lesions were located on different sides and in different cranial compartments, making it even rarer.

Keywords: Aneurysm, Concomitant, Giant, Meningioma


The co-occurrence of tumors and aneurysms has been documented with an incidence rate of 0.7 to 7.0%. Meningiomas are the predominant tumors found in such cases.[ 1 ] Others, such as pituitary adenomas, gliomas, vestibular schwannomas, lipomas, metastatic tumors, dermoid cyst, and epidermoid cyst have also been reported, although with a lower frequency. These findings suggest a complex relationship between tumors and aneurysms that warrants further research.[ 6 , 11 ] Herein, we present a rare case of a female patient harboring two giant lesions, located in different intracranial compartments.


A 61-year-old woman presented with an 8-month history of intermittent headache, vertigo, right peripheral facial palsy, and left hemiparesis. Neurologic examination revealed right sensorineural hearing loss. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) revealed two lesions: a supratentorial paraclinoid lesion that occupied the left frontotemporal region and a right infratentorial solid extra axial mass, suggestive of a tentorial meningioma [ Figures 1 and 2 ]. The patient underwent a two-phased surgical intervention, to approach both lesions.

Figure 1:

T1 weighted image with contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (a) axial, (b) coronal, and (c) sagittal planes revealed a left sided frontal mass, with a heterogeneously enhancing central content along with a peripherally enhancing component. The lesion measured 48 × 60 × 55 mm in the rostro-caudal, dorso-ventral, and latero-lateral directions, respectively, and seems to be external to the brain parenchyma. It extends upward into the left lateral ventricle, exerting mass effect, and displacing it medially. The heterogeneously enhancing center is compatible with a flow void sign, which, when associated with an internal enhancement, is suggestive of partial lumen patency, in the context of a giant internal carotid artery (ICA) aneurysm. The peripheral enhancement is consistent with the aneurysmatic arterial wall. (d) Axial, (e) coronal, and (f) sagittal planes revealed a right sided, homogeneously enhancing solid extra axial mass, suggestive of a meningioma, arising from the lateral outer tentorial ring and extending downward to the infratentorial space and medially indenting the pons and right.


Figure 2:

Macroscopic findings. (a-c) An ovoid, extra-axial lesion was found with an adequate dissection plane firmly adhered to blood vessels at the level of the operculoinsular region of the Sylvian fissure. The lesion capsule was opened to access the contents, revealing solid, yellowish material suggestive of cholesterol deposits. Zones of old bleeding were found peripherally to the lesion. During the dissection of the peripheral blood vessel capsule, a solution of continuity of the left internal carotid artery communicating segment occurred, which was suggestive of an aneurysmal neck at that level. The resected lesion was suggestive of a thrombosed giant aneurysm, which ruptured the aneurysmal neck during dissection, despite being repaired with suture there was a high risk of thrombosis and/or extensive cerebral infarction.


Meningiomas are common and mostly benign tumors arising from the arachnoid cap cells, they represent 15% of all intracranial tumors and are more prevalent in aging women.[ 10 ] Tentorial meningiomas of the posterior fossa, however, represent 3–5% of all meningiomas.[ 5 ] These lesions tend to have an indolent course and are lately diagnosed.[ 2 ] Resection must be performed and complete excision pursued. There is a risk of local recurrence, depending on the extent of resection. The most common cause of recurrence is due to invasion of the dural venous sinuses.[ 13 ] Differential diagnosis includes epidermoid cyst, chondroma, chordoma, and sarcomas.[ 12 ] This lesion was initially approached in the first stage through a right paramedian suboccipital craniotomy, with no further complications, achieving gross total resection.

The giant posterior communicating aneurysm was initially misdiagnosed as a cavernoma due to its popcorn-like appearance and a low-signal intensity rim on MRI. However, various substances such as methemoglobin, melanin, lipid, protein, calcium, iron, copper, and manganese can cause intrinsically high-signal intensity on T1 weighted image (T1WI).[ 8 ] The presence of a hyperintense halo around the lesion on T1WI is a useful finding to differentiate cavernous malformations from hemorrhagic tumors and other intracranial hemorrhages such as giant aneurysms,[ 16 ] which are those with a diameter >2.5 cm and often present as large intracranial lesions causing signs and symptoms due to the mass effect.[ 14 ] The reported incidence of aneurysms presenting as mass lesions rather than subarachnoid hemorrhage is rare and has also been reported to mimic arteriovenous malformations and brain tumors in imaging studies.[ 3 , 4 ] This lesion was treated through a left pterional approach, through which the aneurysmal dome was resected and, as clipping was not deemed possible due to a wide neck, en bloc resection, with the remodeling of the parental internal carotid artery (ICA) with a termino-terminal anastomosis termino-terminal anastomosis was performed. Unfortunately, due to complications related to cerebral vasospasm, multiple cerebral infarcts occurred and the patient had a fatal outcome.


The etiology of coexisting meningiomas and intracranial aneurysms has been the subject of intensive investigation in which various hypotheses suggest that the enhanced regional blood flow resulting from the meningioma may promote aneurysm formation on the feeding artery, as the increased blood supply to the tumor leads to an augmented directional blood flow that generates hemodynamic stress on the cerebral arterial walls. Moreover, the pathogenesis of aneurysm formation may involve the action of signaling molecules secreted by the tumor, such as vascular endothelial growth factor and growth hormone-like estrogen.[ 7 , 9 , 15 ] However, it must be noted that in our patient, the lesions were located on different sides, and even, in different cranial compartments, thus leading to the rarity of this case.

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