Posttraumatic rapid growing extradural meningioma: A case report on the effectiveness of echosonography
- Department of Neurosurgery, Saiseikai Shiga Hospital, Imperial Gift Foundation Inc., Ritto, Shiga, Japan.
Shigeomi Yokoya, Department of Neurosurgery, Saiseikai Shiga Hospital, Imperial Gift Foundation Inc., Ritto, Shiga, Japan.
DOI:10.25259/SNI_1125_2021Copyright: © 2022 Surgical Neurology International This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, transform, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as the author is credited and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.
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Background: Most meningiomas related to head trauma have been reported to show intradural lesions; however, they can also occur as primary extradural meningiomas (PEMs) and have often been reported to histologically demonstrate atypical or malignant subtypes. Therefore, early detection and complete resection of related tissues are required; however, to date, only a few PEM cases related to trauma or injury have been reported. Herein, we present a patient with a rapidly growing posttraumatic PEM, in which echosonography is efficient not only for early diagnosis but also for intraoperative strategies.
Case Description: A 62-year-old male presented to a nearby clinic with a complaint of a painless head bump that gradually grew larger in relation to trauma 6 weeks earlier. He underwent echosonography and pointed out the possibility of a cranial tumor and consulted our hospital. Although preoperative imaging studies, such as computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, did not provide reliable information on dura mater invasion, echosonography demonstrated dural invasion and intradural lesions in which large vessels passed the surface of the lesion. Based on these findings, we could safely resect the lesion within a sufficient range.
Conclusion: Echosonography may not only be a cue for an early diagnosis but also provide important information for the treatment strategy of PEM that is related to head trauma.
Keywords: Echosonography, Posttraumatic, Primary extradural meningioma, Rapid growing
Although controversial, head trauma has been reported to contribute to the occurrence of meningioma.[
Clinically, whether PEM invades the dura mater and/or intracranial structures are a serious concern since postoperative recurrence is somewhat associated with the extent of tumor removal and invading tissues as well as the grades of the tumor or their location.[
Herein, we present a case of rapidly growing posttraumatic PEM in which subdural invasion could be confirmed by echosonography, which is not clear from CT or MRI findings. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report to discuss the period from injury to the appearance of tumor-induced symptoms and demonstrates the efficacy of echosonography for the diagnosis of posttraumatic PEM.
A 62-year-old male with a curatively resected renal cell tumor had a head injury 45 days prior. The patient, without wearing a helmet when he stood up, hit his head in the left frontal region against the arm of a stopping power shovel. He had not experienced any pain or skin damage in the area of trauma before the incident. Following the trauma, he noticed a small protuberance which looks like after a mosquito bite, but after a while, the pain caused by the bruise disappeared, although the painless bump gradually grew larger. He visited a nearby clinic complaining that the bump did not get smaller even though more than 6 weeks had passed. He underwent echosonography (picture was not available) and suspected a depressed skull fracture in the clinic.
He was referred to our hospital the same day the echosonography was performed. On arrival, there was no neurological deficit, but a soft and firm swelling was palpated in his left frontal lesion approximately 3 cm in diameter. CT revealed a mass lesion with osteolytic changes in the frontal skull [
Preoperative computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). (a) Axial head CT image showing the right calvarium mass. (b) Axial CT bone window image showing an expansion of the frontal region with osteolysis of the calvaria. (c and d) T1- and T2-weighted axial MR images at the level of the mass showing the tumor, but there was no evidence of an intradural invasion or signs of edema in the underlying cerebral cortex.
Echosonography, the GE LOGIQ e ultrasound system (General Electric Healthcare, Waukesha, WI, USA) using an L4-12t probe, conducted preoperatively revealed that the mass penetrated the dura mater and was in contact with the cerebrum [
Preoperative echosonography. (a) Preoperative echosonography showing that the mass progressed beyond the dura mater. The dura mater underlying the bone lesion is completely invaded, and an intradural mass is depicted. (b) Doppler echosonography showing that vessels run in and around the tumor, which implies a vascular-rich tumor, and that the cortical vessels run between the intradural component of the tumor and the brain surface. In both image of (a) and (b), the arrowheads indicating dura mater, and the arrows indicating intradural mass.
Under the diagnosis of a frontal bone origin tumor, such as a metastatic tumor or meningioma, the patient underwent a craniotomy to acquire a pathological diagnosis and remove the mass together with the related dura mater. A curved skin incision was made along the hairline to reflect the scalp anteriorly. The tumor connecting the subcutaneous tissue was easily exposed as it was not tightly adherent to the overlying tissue. The lesion appeared as a firm, grayish, and vascular-rich mass that destroyed the frontal bones. The skull around the tumor was drilled with a ≥10 mm margin [
Intraoperative images of tumor resection. (a) Intraoperative image of tumor resection showing that the tumor is a grayish, vascular-rich mass. Note that the skull around the tumor is drilled into a circle, and the tumor remains island shaped. (b) After the circular dural incision, the tumor is dissected from the brain surface using microsurgical tools. The cortical vein involved in the tumor is excised. (c) An en bloc resection is performed. (d) The resected lesion, in view from inside the dura mater, showing that it penetrated the dura mater as demonstrated by the preoperative echo.
The postoperative course was uneventful, and histopathological examination confirmed an atypical meningioma according to the WHO 2016 classification with a Ki-67 proliferation index of 40% [
Histopathologic findings of the resected tumor. (a) Photomicrographs of atypical meningioma (hematoxylin and eosin [H&E] stain, scale bar represents 2000 µm) showing that the tumor penetrates the dura mater (arrowheads) and proliferates in the subdural space (arrows). (b) A high-power view of a photomicrograph (H&E stain, scale bar represents 100 μm) showing that the tumor is composed of spindle-shaped cells with many mitoses, consistent with atypical meningioma. (c) Immunostaining with the Ki-67 antibody (scale bar represents 50 µm) showing that the neoplastic cells have high proliferative activity; positive nuclei in the hotspot are measured to occupy approximately 40%.
A case–control study showed that meningioma patients had a higher history of head trauma than controls,[
The course of our patient provides some clinical suggestions. First, PEMs can show rapid growth triggered by trauma.
Our case does not prove trauma as an etiological factor of meningioma and our case does not meet established criteria for relating tumor growth to antecedent trauma that requires reasonable periods of time between head injury and the beginning of the tumor-related symptoms.[
Second, echosonography may help in the early detection of skull tumors. In our case, the cue for the early detection of the tumor was that the general clinician noticed the abnormal findings: echosonography transcended the skull and visualized the dura mater and brain parenchyma, although the clinician thought that there was a depressed fracture. Early diagnosis of PEM is essential because complete resection of not only the tumor but also all tissues involved is the ideal treatment for PEM,[
Furthermore, the effectiveness of echosonography is not only a clue for early diagnosis but also provides important information for surgical procedures. Since preoperative echosonography demonstrated that the cortical vessel adheres to the tumor, we performed elaborate surgical techniques; a “donut-like” bone drilling, circular dural incision, and avoidance of inadvertent bone flap removal which was performed after dealing with cortical veins. In the literature, many cases have been reported in which dural or intradural invasion was found intraoperatively or by histological examination, even if there was no infiltration in preoperative imaging studies.[
Echosonography, of course, is not always effective for PEMs in its diagnosis and treatment because not all PEMs can be detected by echosonography. Echosonography can only be used in limited sites and conditions of PEMs, such as skull convexity and osteolytic lesions. Approximately two-thirds of PEMs have been reported to show osteosclerotic changes and only one-third of PEMs show osteolytic changes similar to our case.[
PEM should be listed as a differential diagnosis of cranial lesions after head trauma, although it is rare. When a painless, rapidly growing mass that persists for a long time after a head injury is found; we recommend performing echosonography because it may become a cue for early diagnosis in clinics without CT equipment.
The patients have consented to submission of this case report to the journal and the publication of this case report was approved by the Ethics Committee of Saiseikai Shiga Hospital (Permission number: 490).
The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent.
There are no conflicts of interest.
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