Suprasellar central nervous system ganglioneuroblastoma: a case in a 9-year-old child and review of the literature

Oliver D. Mrowczynski, Jessica R. Lane, Charles S. Specht, Robert J. Greiner, Mark R. Iantosca, Elias B. Rizk

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Purpose: Intracranial ganglioneuroblastomas are incredibly rare neuroectodermal tumors with only 8 described cases total, 5 of those having imaging findings Methods: Here we present a 9-year-old female patient with 4 months progressive headaches, personality changes, and vomiting. We also present a review of the current literature of intracranial ganglioneuroblastomas. Results: Imaging demonstrated a partially calcified suprasellar mass measuring 4.6 × 6.3 × 5 cm composed of both solid and cystic components, diagnosed to be a ganglioneuroblastoma, with mass effect on the lateral and 3rd ventricles, with a midline shift of right to left of 6-7 mm. She was treated with subtotal surgical resection, an intensive chemotherapeutic regimen, and radiation and has no residual disease on imaging 1 year and 4 months status post-surgery. Conclusion: To our knowledge, this is the first case of a ganglioneuroblastoma to mimic a craniopharyngioma based upon imaging findings and suprasellar location. As these cases are extremely rare, an optimal therapeutic regimen has not been defined. However, a combination of surgical resection, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy can be effective, as shown here with successful treatment and no evidence of residual disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2845-2849
Number of pages5
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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