CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Avicenna J Med 2013; 03(03): 73-80
DOI: 10.4103/2231-0770.118463

Supratentorial neurenteric cyst mimicking hydatid cyst: A case report and literature review

Mohammad Arabi
Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Mohannad Ibrahim
Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Sandra Camelo-Piragua
Department of Pathology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Gaurang Shah
Department of Radiology, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
› Author Affiliations


Neurenteric (NE) cysts are uncommon congenital cysts of endodermal origin. These cysts are commonly encountered in the posterior fossa surrounding the brain stem structures. We present a case of pathologically proven supratentorial NE cyst that mimicked a hydatid cyst in its clinical presentation and imaging appearance. Including this pathology in the differential diagnosis of supratentorial cystic lesions is important due to the differences in medical and surgical management.

Publication History

Article published online:
09 August 2021

© 2013. Syrian American Medical Society. This is an open access article published by Thieme under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonDerivative-NonCommercial-License, permitting copying and reproduction so long as the original work is given appropriate credit. Contents may not be used for commercial purposes, or adapted, remixed, transformed or built upon. (

Thieme Medical and Scientific Publishers Private Ltd.
A-12, Second Floor, Sector -2, NOIDA -201301, India

  • References

  • 1 Preece MT, Osborn AG, Chin SS, Smirniotopoulos JG. Intracranial neurenteric cysts: Imaging and pathology spectrum. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol 2006;27:1211-6.
  • 2 Mittal S, Petrecca K, Sabbagh AJ, Rayes M, Melançon D, Guiot MC, et al. Supratentorial neurenteric cysts-A fascinating entity of uncertain embryopathogenesis. Clin Neurol Neurosurg 2010;112:89-97.
  • 3 Kachur E, Ang LC, Megyesi JF. Intraparenchymal supratentorial neurenteric cyst. Can J Neurol Sci 2004;31:412-6.
  • 4 Little MW, Guilfoyle MR, Bulters DO, Scoffings DJ, O′Donovan DG, Kirkpatrick PJ. Neurenteric cyst of the anterior cranial fossa: Case report and literature review. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 2011;153:1519-25.
  • 5 Walls TJ, Purohit DP, Aji WS, Schofield IS, Barwick DD. Multiple intracranial enterogenous cysts. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1986;49:438-41.
  • 6 Scaravilli F, Lidov H, Spalton DJ, Symon L. Neuroenteric cyst of the optic nerve: Case report with immunohistochemical study. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 1992;55:1197-9.
  • 7 Büttner A, Winkler PA, Weis S. Endodermal cyst of the third ventricle: Case report. Neurosurgery 1997;40:832-5.
  • 8 Ho LC, Olivi A, Cho CH, Burger PC, Simeone F, Tihan T. Well-differentiated papillary adenocarcinoma arising in a supratentorial enterogenous cyst: Case report. Neurosurgery 1998;43:1474-7.
  • 9 Sampath S, Yasha TC, Shetty S, Chandramouli BA. Parasellar neurenteric cyst: Unusual site and histology: Case report Neurosurgery 1999;44:1335-7.
  • 10 Cheng JS, Cusick JF, Ho KC, Ulmer JL. Lateral supratentorial endodermal cyst: Case report and review of literature. Neurosurgery 2002;51:493-9.
  • 11 Christov C, Chrétien F, Brugieres P, Djindjian M. Giant supratentorial enterogenous cyst: Report of a case, literature review, and discussion of pathogenesis. Neurosurgery 2004;54:759-63.
  • 12 Tan GS, Hortobágyi T, Al-Sarraj S, Connor SE. Intracranial laterally based supratentorial neurenteric cyst. Br J Radiol 2004;77:963-5.
  • 13 Stubenvoll F, Beschorner R, Danz S, Freudenstein D. Fronto-laterally located supratentorial bronchogenic cyst: Case report and review of the literature. Clin Neuropathol 2006;25:123-7.
  • 14 Neckrysh S, Valyi-Nagy T, Charbel FT. Neuroenteric cyst of the anterior cranial fossa: Case report and review of the literature. Surg Neurol 2006;65:174-7.
  • 15 Miyagi A, Katayama Y. Neurenteric cyst arising in the high convexity parietal lesion: Case report. Neurosurgery 2007;60:E203-4.
  • 16 Takumi I, Mori O, Mizutani N, Akimoto M, Kobayashi S, Teramoto A. Expansile neurenteric cyst arising in the frontal lobe associated with status epilepticus: Report of a case and discussion of epileptogenesis. Brain Tumor Pathol 2008;25:97-101.
  • 17 Marchionni M, Smith C, Eljamel MS. Intracranial enterogenous cyst extending into both supratentorial and infratentorial compartments: Case report and review of the literature. Skull Base 2008;18:213-6.
  • 18 Basheer N, Kasliwal MK, Suri A, Sharma MC, Arora A, Sharma BS. Lateral extradural, supratentorial neurenteric cyst. J Clin Neurosci 2010;17:639-41.
  • 19 Dunham CP, Curry B, Hamilton M. Malignant transformation of an intraaxial-supratentorial neurenteric cyst-case report and review of the literature. Clin Neuropathol 2009;28:460-6.
  • 20 Reddy RS, Vijayasaradhi M, Uppin MS, Challa S. A rare case of extradural neurenteric cyst with supratentorial and infratentorial extension. Acta Neurochir (Wien) 2010;152:1957-9.
  • 21 Jhawar SS, Nadkarni T, Goel A. Intraparenchymal temporal neurenteric cyst. J Clin Neurosci 2011;18:415-7.
  • 22 Natrella F, Mariottini A, Rocchi R, Miracco C. Supratentorial neurenteric cyst associated with a intraparenchymal subependymoma. BMJ Case Rep 2012;2012.
  • 23 Krishnamurthy G, Roopesh Kumar VR, Rajeswaran R, Rao S. Supratentorial enterogenous cyst: A report of two cases and review of literature. Neurol India 2010;58:774-7.
  • 24 Pulido-Rivas P, López-García A, Jiménez-Heffernan J, Sola RG. Intracerebral neurenteric cysts in newborn infants. Rev Neurol 2012;55:26-30.
  • 25 Mishra GP, Sharma RR, Musa MM, Pawar SJ. Endodermal cyst of septum pellucidum and pregnancy: A case report. Surg Neurol 2000;53:583-5.
  • 26 Bavetta S, El-Shunnar K, Hamlyn PJ. Neurenteric cyst of the anterior cranial fossa. Br J Neurosurg 1996;10:225-7.
  • 27 Perry A, Scheithauer BW, Zaias BW, Minassian HV. Aggressive enterogenous cyst with extensive craniospinal spread: Case report. Neurosurgery 1999;44:401-4.
  • 28 Wilkens RH, Odom GL. Spinal intradural cysts. In: Vinkin PJ, Bruyn GW, editors. Tumors of the Spine and Spinal Cord, Handbook of Clinical Neurology. Vol. 20. Part II. 1976. p. 55-102.
  • 29 Gessi M, Legnani FG, Maderna E, Casali C, Solero CL, Pollo B, et al. Mucinous low-grade adenocarcinoma arising in an intracranial enterogenous cyst: Case report. Neurosurgery 2008;62:E972-3.
  • 30 Tüzün M, Hekimoğlu B. Hydatid disease of the CNS: Imaging features. AJR Am J Roentgenol 1998;171:1497-500.
  • 31 Osborn AG, Preece MT. Intracranial cysts: Radiologic-pathologic correlation and imaging approach. Radiology 2006;239:650-64.