Supratentorial arachnoid cyst and associated subdural hematoma: neuroradiologic studies

Eur Radiol. 1996;6(5):640-4. doi: 10.1007/BF00187664.


CT and MR images of 8 patients with supratentorial arachnoid cyst complicated by subdural hematoma were studied and compared with those of 8 patients who developed nontraumatic subdural hematoma without arachnoid cyst. Of the 8 patients with supratentorial arachnoid cyst, CT and MR disclosed temporal bulging and/or thinning of the temporal squama in all 6 patients with middle fossa arachnoid cysts, and the thinning of the calvaria was evident in another patient with a convexity cyst. Calvarial thinning at the site corresponding to interhemispheric arachnoid cyst was clearly depicted on coronal MR images. In contrast, none of the 8 young patients with nontraumatic subdural hematoma without arachnoid cyst had abnormal calvaria. Temporal bulging and thinning of the overlying calvaria were identified as diagnostic CT and MR features of arachnoid cyst with complicating intracystic and subdural hemorrhage. Radiologists should be aware of this association and should evaluate the bony structure carefully.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arachnoid Cysts / complications
  • Arachnoid Cysts / pathology*
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Hematoma, Subdural / etiology
  • Hematoma, Subdural / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed