Thursday 2 November 2006
brain heterotopia, cerebral heterotopia, heterotopic neural nodules, neural heterotopia, neuroglial ectopia, Neuroglial choristoma
Definition: Heterotopic neural nodules is a type of neuroectodermal malformation. They, are particularly dangerous because of the possibility of intracranial extension.
Neuroglial ectopia has been defined as a mass composed of differentiated neuroectodermal tissue isolated from the spinal canal or cranial cavity and remains rare.
The anatomopathological examination showed a solid mass with nests of neural tissue, with some neurons embedded in poorly encapsulated fibrovascular stroma, without mitotic areas, and with presence of functioning choroid plexus.
Neuroglial ectopia needs to be considered in diagnosing airway obstruction among newborns. Surgical treatment is the best choice and should be performed on clinically stable patients.
This lesion has to be considered in the differential diagnosis among newborn infants with classical symptoms of respiratory distress, neck mass and feeding difficulties.
Pure cystic neck heterotopic brain tissue lesions are very uncommon, and a preoperative diagnosis of this lesion is difficult.
Brain heterotopia is a rare, benign condition that should be considered in the differential diagnosis of the neonatal head and neck mass.
Neuroglial heterotopia, heterotopic brain tissue, or differentiated neural tissue outside the cranial vault is uncommon, and these anomalies most commonly occur in the nasal cavity.
In rare instances, neuroglial heterotopia in the neck has been reported.
The most common location of heterotopic brain tissue is in the nasal region. However, heterotopic brain tissue has also less commonly been reported to occur in other sites, such as the pharynx, lung, orbits, palate, tongue, cheek, lip, and neck.
Heterotopic neuroglial tissue (HNT) was first described by Reid in 1852. Composed of differentiated neuroectodermal tissue, these lesions represent developmental heterotopia of neuroglial tissue rather than true neoplasms.
Unlike meningoencephaloceles, brain heterotopias lack connection with the subarachnoid space.
Patients are usually seen initially in the newborn period with airway obstruction, feeding difficulty, or a neck mass.
The most common location of HNT is the nasal cavity, where it is traditionally but erroneously termed ’nasal glioma’.
Less commonly, brain heterotopias have been reported in the scalp, tongue, pharynx, palate, orbit, and neck.
The majority of patients with HNT are products of uncomplicated pregnancies.
This anomaly seems to have a left side and female predominance in previously reported cases.
The pathogenesis of heterotopic neuroglial tissue is unclear. Several mechanisms have been proposed. CT and MRI scans are complementary studies necessary in pre-operative planning to determine the extent and location of the mass and to exclude intra-cranial connection.
Surgical excision is the treatment of choice, although the time it should be performed is controversial.
heterotopic leptomeningeal tissue
heterotopic brain tissue
pure cystic heterotopic brain tissue
glial cells in a neurofibrillary matrix
cleft lined by ependymal-like columnar cells and surrounded by meninges
submandibular neuroglial heterotopia
parapharyngeal neuroglial heterotopia
skull base neuroglial heterotopia
scalp neuroglial heterotopia(15692339)
lung neuroglial heterotopia(7076204)
abdominal surface of the diaphragm neuroglial heterotopia (7076204)
middle ear (17608139)
The treatment for heterotopic brain tissue is complete surgical excision.
Surgical intervention is necessary in patients with heterotopic parapharyngeal neuroglial tissue that causes airway distress, dysphagia, or failure to thrive.
The timing of surgery is controversial. Proponents of delayed resection believe that resection might be safer in the older child, in whom vital neurovascular structures are more easily salvageable and blood volume is greater.
Recurrence as a result of incomplete excision has been described.
Although focal areas of immature cells have been reported, these masses lack invasive patterns and are not true neoplasms.
Rigorous post-operative care includes attention to nutritional status and speech and swallowing therapy.
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