Primary malignant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of cranial vault: a case report

Surg Neurol. 1993 Apr;39(4):286-9. doi: 10.1016/0090-3019(93)90007-n.


Primary cranial vault non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are rare and only four such cases are described in the literature. A 65-year-old woman presented with focal neurological deficits and a subcutaneous scalp lump. Computed tomography (CT) scan showed a left parietal cranial vault lesion with soft tissue scalp swelling and underlying intracranial extra axial mass mimicking a meningioma. Histology showed features of a typical B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, there was no systemic involvement. The characteristic CT findings of this lesion are described and relevant literature is reviewed. We are reporting this case because of its rare occurrence. A diagnosis of primary lymphoma of the skull vault should always be considered in the differential diagnosis when such a lesion is encountered.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Brain / diagnostic imaging
  • Dura Mater
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / diagnosis*
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / diagnostic imaging
  • Lymphoma, B-Cell / pathology
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Meningeal Neoplasms / pathology
  • Neoplasm Invasiveness
  • Skull Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Skull Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Skull Neoplasms / pathology
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed