Benign Hemangioendothelioma Involving the Central Nervous System: "Strawberry Nevus" of the Neuraxis

Neurosurgery. 1980 Sep;7(3):249-56. doi: 10.1227/00006123-198009000-00008.


Benign hemangioendothelioma is rarely included in discussions of vascular neoplasms involving the central nervous system, whereas it is a well-defined entity outside the neuraxis. We present four cases of benign hemangioendothelioma, including an infantile hemangioendothelioma with venous drainage into the transverse dural sinus, an intracranial hemangioendothelioma adherent to the falx cerebri, a spinal epidural hemangioendothelioma causing spinal cord compression, and a parasellar hemangioendothelioma. Although hemangioendothelioma resembles hemangioblastoma in some ways, it is a distinct entity differing from the other vascular lesions involving the central nervous system.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Central Nervous System / pathology
  • Hemangioendothelioma / pathology*
  • Hemangioendothelioma / surgery
  • Hemangiosarcoma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / pathology*