Extracerebral cavernous hemangioma of the cavernous sinus: diagnosis with MR imaging and labeled red cell blood pool scintigraphy

AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2004 Feb;25(2):280-4.


We present the case of a 64-year-old man with a presumed diagnosis of extracerebral cavernous hemangioma involving the cavernous sinus. The diagnosis was made on the basis of labeled red cell blood pool scintigraphy findings in conjunction with those of MR imaging. This lesion was not altered in appearance at 6-year follow-up MR imaging. We also present the labeled red cell blood pool scintigraphy findings obtained in three other patients with similar-appearing cavernous sinus lesions at MR imaging who underwent subsequent biopsy; histologic findings confirmed chondrosarcoma, chordoma, and meningioma, respectively.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Carotid Artery, Internal / pathology
  • Cavernous Sinus* / pathology
  • Chondrosarcoma / diagnosis
  • Chordoma / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Erythrocytes*
  • Female
  • Hemangioma, Cavernous, Central Nervous System / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Meningioma / diagnosis
  • Middle Aged
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon*


  • Sodium Pertechnetate Tc 99m