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Spontaneous Resorption of an Occipital Meningocele: Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation

  • Authors: Vernuccio, F.; Murmura, E.; Piro, E.; Arculeo, P.; Pappalardo, M.; LO RE, G.; LO CASTO, A.; Salerno, S.
  • Publication year: 2016
  • Type: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • Key words: computed tomography; encephalocele; magnetic resonance; meningocele; occipital meningocele; surgery; Pediatrics, Perinatology and Child Health; Neurology (clinical)
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Cranial meningocele is a very rare variant of encephalocele. Meningocele can be associated with other disorders and may cause complications. Therapy is usually based on surgical treatment. To our knowledge, we describe the first case of spontaneous resorption of an occipital meningocele in a full-term newborn boy. A full-term newborn was noted to have a large non-skin covered, semitransparent cystic lump in the occipital bone. He underwent computed tomography and a diagnosis of meningocele was proposed. After a few hours, the cystic lump spontaneously readsorbed. After 1 week the patient underwent magnetic resonance. Histology confirmed the diagnosis.