Minim Invasive Neurosurg 2010; 53(4): 191-193
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1262812
Case Report

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Endoscopic Management of a Rare Case of Nasal Glioma in Meckel's Cave in an Adult: Case Report

M. K. Kasliwal1 , V. K. Anand2 , E. Lavi3 , T. H. Schwartz1 , 2 , 4
  • 1Department of Neurological Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA
  • 2Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA
  • 3Department of Neuropathology and Laboratory Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA
  • 4Department of Neurology and Neuroscience, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA
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Publication History

Publication Date:
03 December 2010 (online)


Background: Nasal glioma or glial heterotopia is a rare embryologic anomaly that heralds its presence shortly after birth or in childhood. Nasal glioma in an adult is very rare, often asymptomatic and the occurrence of nasal glioma in Meckel's cave in an adult has not been previously reported.

Case Report: The authors encountered a case of an incidentally diagnosed Meckel's cave nasal glioma in a 40-year-old male which was successfully excised by an endonasal endoscopic transmaxillary transpterygoid approach.

Conclusion: The occurrence of a nasal glioma in Meckel's cave an adult is very rare. Considering the deep skull base location, endonasal endoscopic surgery provides a minimal access technique to reach this location with excellent results.


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