Arachnoid cysts of the middle cranial fossa: a clinical and radiological study of 25 cases treated surgically

Surg Neurol. 1980 Sep;14(3):211-9.


Arachnoid cysts of the middle cranial fossa are probably not so infrequent as previously thought. Twenty-five cases are reported together with the most relevant clinical and radiological findings. The authors emphasize the importance of computerized tomography (CT) in providing pre- and postoperative anatomical and physiopathological information. The potential morbidity of these lesions is stressed and surgical indications are discussed with preference for a radical craniotomy rather than a shunt procedure.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arachnoid / diagnostic imaging
  • Arachnoid / pathology
  • Arachnoid / surgery*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniotomy
  • Cysts / diagnostic imaging
  • Cysts / pathology
  • Cysts / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed