Ganglioneurocytoma mimicking a malignant tumor: case report with a literature review of the MRI appearance of neurocytomas and gangliogliomas

J Neuroimaging. 2001 Jan;11(1):47-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6569.2001.tb00009.x.


A 14-year-old girl presented with symptoms of increased intracranial pressure after her head was squeezed at a party. MRI demonstrated a mass that was hypointense to brain on T1WI and heterogeneous in signal on PD and T2WI; compression of the ventricle, midline shift, and mild ventriculomegaly also were present. Contrast enhancement was extensive and heterogeneous, mimicking a malignant tumor. Neuropathology revealed a ganglioneurocytoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Ganglioglioma / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Neurocytoma / diagnosis*
  • Temporal Lobe*