Dysembryoplastic Neuroepithelial Tumor
Last Updated: September 9, 2020
- Benign, slow-growing neuroglial tumor
- WHO grade I
- Likely arising from germinal matrix and extending along neuronal migratory pathway to cortex
- “Specific glioneuronal element” is characteristic feature
- Bundles of axons oriented perpendicular to cortex
- Viscous cystic components filled with neuroglial material
- Commonly shows calcification
- Commonly presents in second and third decades of life
- Slight male gender predilection
- Commonly presents as drug-resistant epilepsy/partial complex seizures
- Usually sporadic; rare association with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1)
- Treatment: surgical resection
- Prognosis: favorable with complete surgical resection, complete resolution of seizures after surgery is common
- Well-defined, intracortical, wedge-shaped mass; often pointed toward ventricle
- Cystic or bubbly appearance
- Temporal > frontal lobe
- May show calcification
- Associated with cortical dysplasia
- Wedge-shaped cortical and subcortical hypodense region, may mimic ischemic stroke
- ±Scalloping of inner cortex, calcification
- T1WI: lobulated, bubbly hypointense mass
- T2WI: usually hyperintense bubbly appearance
- FLAIR: variable signal, lacks adjacent edema
- T1WI+C: usually nonenhancing
- DWI: no restricted diffusion
- MRI with contrast
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Contributor: Rachel Seltman, MD
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