Solitary metastasis of lung cancer to the cerebellopontine angle--case report

Neurol Med Chir (Tokyo). 1996 Mar;36(3):172-4. doi: 10.2176/nmc.36.172.


A 44-year-old male presented with a solitary cerebellopontine angle (CPA) metastasis from lung cancer. His initial symptoms were vertigo and hearing loss beginning 5 months after the diagnosis of the primary cancer. Two months later, right facial paresis developed. His neurological deterioration was rapid. Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging with enhancement disclosed the CPA tumor. The tumor was partially removed through the retroauricular retromastoid approach. Histological examination of the specimen revealed adenocarcinoma. The characteristic rapidly progressive symptoms and MR imaging with enhancement are the most sensitive and essential examinations for this lesion.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adenocarcinoma / diagnosis
  • Adenocarcinoma / pathology
  • Adenocarcinoma / secondary*
  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Cerebellopontine Angle
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male