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Intracranial germ cell tumor

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J Kreutz ,

Medical Imaging
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L Rausin,

Medical Imaging
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E Weerts,

Medical Imaging
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M Tebache,

Medical Imaging
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J Born,

Neurosurgery
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C Hoyoux

Pediatrics, CHR Citadelle, Liège, Belgium.
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Abstract

Germ cell tumours represent about 3 to 8% of pediatric brain tumours. Occurrence of diabetes insipidus is common in the case of suprasellar germ cell tumors. The diagnosis may be advanced by MRI owing to the location and relatively univocal characteristics of the lesion signal. The existence of a bifocal mass developed in both suprasellar region and pineal zone is highly suggestive of a germinoma. The most important notion is to recognize that at the time of diabetes insipidus diagnosis in a child, the cerebral mass might be too small to be identified by MRI. In such patients, repeating imaging study should be obtained.

How to Cite: Kreutz J, Rausin L, Weerts E, Tebache M, Born J, Hoyoux C. Intracranial germ cell tumor. Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology. 2010;93(4):196–7. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/jbr-btr.286
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Published on 05 Apr 2010.
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