Brain metastasis from an adenoid cystic carcinoma of the Bartholin gland. Case report

J Neurosurg. 2005 Mar;102(3):543-6. doi: 10.3171/jns.2005.102.3.0543.


Adenoid cystic carcinoma (ACC) of the Bartholin gland is an uncommon malignant gynecological tumor. Brain metastasis from a malignant gynecological lesion is encountered rarely and the prognosis for this type of metastasis is poor. Different treatment protocols, such as resection, stereotactic radiosurgery, whole-brain radiation therapy (WBRT), and chemotherapy, are available and should be considered on an individual basis. In this article, the authors report a case of brain metastasis from an ACC of the Bartholin gland that was treated by resection and WBRT. A review of the literature did not reveal any other such case.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Bartholin's Glands*
  • Brain Neoplasms / radiotherapy
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / pathology
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / secondary*
  • Carcinoma, Adenoid Cystic / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Vulvar Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Vulvar Neoplasms / therapy