An uncommon case of brainstem tumor with selective involvement of the respiratory centers

Chest. 1993 Jun;103(6):1909-10. doi: 10.1378/chest.103.6.1909.


We report a clinical case of a young man with a brainstem tumor with a stable alveolar hypoventilation syndrome as the only symptom of the disease. The ventilatory response to CO2 was almost absent and the ventilatory pattern during tidal breathing was very irregular. The diagnosis was made by magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and confirmed by a stereotactic brain biopsy specimen.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Astrocytoma / complications*
  • Astrocytoma / diagnosis
  • Brain Neoplasms / complications*
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Brain Stem*
  • Humans
  • Hypoventilation / etiology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Sleep Apnea Syndromes / etiology