Long-term evaluation of asymptomatic patients operated on for intracranial epidermoid cysts. Comparison of the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance imaging and computer-assisted cisternography for detection of cholesterin fragments

Acta Neurochir (Wien). 1994;128(1-4):122-5. doi: 10.1007/BF01400661.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and/or computer-assisted cisternography (CAc) assessment of latent late recurrences in long-term asymptomatic patients surgically treated for intracranial epidermoid cyst is here presented. MRI was exclusively utilized in one patient; CAc was exclusively employed in three patients with metalic operative clips; both CAc and MRI were employed in another four patients. CAc appears to be more reliable than MRI in detecting cholesterin fragments in asymptomatic patients operated on for intracranial epidermoid cyst.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Brain / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain / pathology
  • Brain / surgery*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Cholesterol*
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted
  • Epidermal Cyst / diagnostic imaging*
  • Epidermal Cyst / pathology
  • Epidermal Cyst / surgery*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
  • Subarachnoid Space / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed


  • Cholesterol