Pineal epidermoid coinciding with pineocytoma

Christian Mawrin, C. Grimm, U. Von Falkenhausen, E. Kirches, C. Scherlach, D. Kanakis, C. Vorwerk, C. Boltze, R. Firsching, K. Dietzmann

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Tumours of the pineal region are uncommon. We report on a 62-year-old male presenting with Parinaud's syndrome and aqueduct stenosis caused by a cystic tumour in the pineal region. During surgery, adjacent to the cystic tumour, a second smaller tumour was identified, which was clearly separate from the first tumour and from the pineal gland. Histological examination disclosed the cystic tumour as an epidermoid cyst, whereas the second tumour demonstrated histological and immunohistochemical features of a pineocytoma. The unique finding of two different types of tumours in the pineal region is evaluated with regard to the histogenesis of epidermoid cysts and pineocytomas.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)783-787
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurochirurgica
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2003


  • Epidermoid
  • Histogenesis
  • MRI
  • Pineocytoma

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    Mawrin, C., Grimm, C., Von Falkenhausen, U., Kirches, E., Scherlach, C., Kanakis, D., Vorwerk, C., Boltze, C., Firsching, R., & Dietzmann, K. (2003). Pineal epidermoid coinciding with pineocytoma. Acta Neurochirurgica, 145(9), 783-787.