Neurenteric cysts of the posterior fossa

Recognition, management, and embryogenesis

C. P. Harris, Mark Dias, D. L. Brockmeyer, J. J. Townsend, B. K. Willis, R. I. Apfelbaum

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Abstract

Neurenteric cysts are endothelium-lined structures most commonly encountered in the lower cervical or upper thoracic spinal cord. The occurrence of neurenteric cysts within the cranial vault is unusual. We present three patients with neurenteric cysts located within the posterior fossa: one near the jugular foramen deforming the 4th ventricle, a second in the cerebellopontine angle, and a third in the prepontine cistern. Several different theories have been advanced to explain the embryogenesis of neurenteric cysts. We review these theories and conclude that cranial neurenteric cysts may arise from a disturbance of early gastrulation, shortly after the onset of primitive streak regression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)893-897
Number of pages5
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume29
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991

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Neural Tube Defects
Embryonic Development
Primitive Streak
Cerebellopontine Angle
Fourth Ventricle
Gastrulation
Endothelium
Spinal Cord
Neck
Thorax

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  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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Harris, C. P., Dias, M., Brockmeyer, D. L., Townsend, J. J., Willis, B. K., & Apfelbaum, R. I. (1991). Neurenteric cysts of the posterior fossa: Recognition, management, and embryogenesis. Neurosurgery, 29(6), 893-897.
Harris, C. P. ; Dias, Mark ; Brockmeyer, D. L. ; Townsend, J. J. ; Willis, B. K. ; Apfelbaum, R. I. / Neurenteric cysts of the posterior fossa : Recognition, management, and embryogenesis. In: Neurosurgery. 1991 ; Vol. 29, No. 6. pp. 893-897.
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Harris, CP, Dias, M, Brockmeyer, DL, Townsend, JJ, Willis, BK & Apfelbaum, RI 1991, 'Neurenteric cysts of the posterior fossa: Recognition, management, and embryogenesis', Neurosurgery, vol. 29, no. 6, pp. 893-897.

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In: Neurosurgery, Vol. 29, No. 6, 01.01.1991, p. 893-897.

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Harris CP, Dias M, Brockmeyer DL, Townsend JJ, Willis BK, Apfelbaum RI. Neurenteric cysts of the posterior fossa: Recognition, management, and embryogenesis. Neurosurgery. 1991 Jan 1;29(6):893-897.