Turkish Neurosurgery
Congenital glioblastoma: lessons learned from a rare case with unusual presentation.
Atef Ben Nsir1, Mehdi Darmoul1, Rym Hadhri2, Nejib Hattab1
1Fattouma Bourguiba University Hosital, Neurosurgery Department, Monastir,
2Fattouma Bourguiba University Hosital, Pathology Department, Monastir,
DOI: 10.5137/1019-5149.JTN.13047-14.3

Congenital glioblastomas are uncommon tumors of infancy with unique molecular features and usually better prognosis compared to their pediatric and adult counterparts. A 15-day old newborn harboring a congenital glioblastoma undiagnosed at pregnancy presented to our emergencies with rapid neurological deterioration. Radiological investigations revealed an 8 by 9 cm space occupying and enhancing lesion in the left temporoparietooccipital region with intratumoral hemorrhage. The patient was immediately transferred to the operative theater and was operated in a poor condition. Unfortunately he showed no improvement post-operatively and died within two days in the intensive care unit. As such presentation is unique; we present the case and review the relevant literature concerning the potential pitfalls in diagnosis, management strategies and improvements in outcome.

Corresponding author : Atef Ben Nsir