Cystic schwannoma of the brainstem

Can J Neurol Sci. 1989 Aug;16(3):357-60. doi: 10.1017/s0317167100029243.


A rare case of cystic schwannoma occurring in the brainstem in the absence of von Recklinghausen's disease is reported. This appears to be the first case in the literature of a cystic schwannoma ever described in this location. While the exact origin of this tumor in this unusual location remains uncertain, different hypotheses are discussed and the possible origin of this tumor from perivascular elements in the brainstem is seriously considered.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain Neoplasms* / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Neoplasms* / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms* / surgery
  • Brain Stem*
  • Canada
  • Cysts* / diagnostic imaging
  • Cysts* / pathology
  • Cysts* / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Neurilemmoma* / diagnostic imaging
  • Neurilemmoma* / pathology
  • Neurilemmoma* / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Vertebral Artery / diagnostic imaging