Intracranial dermoid tumours arise from inclusion of ectodermally committed cells at the time of closure of the neural groove between the third & fifth week of embryonic life, and account for 0.04% to 0.25% of the all intracranial tumor. Intracranial tumours may rarely present with stroke, which is mostly related to invasion, compression, or encasement of intracranial vessels by the tumour mass. Although dermoid tumours are known to produce a mass effect and occasionally to narrow intracranial vessels, it is very unusual for them to present with sudden ischaemic symptoms. We report the case of a man presenting with convulsion, later revealing a parietal dermoid tumor. To our knowledge, it is very rare in the literature. We discuss here thoroughly the probable mechanism of association of stroke with such an intracranial tumor. Surgical intervention using right parietal craniotomy was approached and complete removal of the tumor was achieved. The patient recovered thereby and histopathological study proved the tumor’s type.
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Intracranial dermoid tumours arise from inclusion of ectodermally committed cells at the time of closure of the neural groove between the third & fifth week of embryonic life, and account for 0.04% to 0.25% of the all intracranial tumors . Intracranial tumours may rarely present with stroke, which is mostly related to invasion, compression, or encasement of intracranial vessels by the tumour mass. Although dermoid tumours are known to produce a mass effect and occasionally to narrow intracranial vessels, it is very unusual for them to present with sudden ischaemic symptoms [2,3].
We describe a case of intracranial dermoid tumour associated with infarction in the right parietal area.
A 37-year-old, right-handed man presented with chronic headache with epilepsy persisting for the past 5 years. The patient had a history of stroke 8 years back with left sided hemiparesis. On admission, neurological examination revealed mild bilateral papilloedema with left sided hemiparesis. Magnetic Resonance Imaging showed a hyper intense lesion with a large area of hypo intensity on right parietal region on T1 image with slight homogenous enhancement in contrast image suggestive of intracranial dermoid tumour with large infarct (Figure 1). Right parietal craniotomy was done and complete removal of the tumor was achieved (Figure 2). The post-operative period was uneventful (Figure 3 and 4). The histopathology report of the excised specimen revealed features of benign intracranial dermoid tumour (Figure 5 and 6).
Figure 1. Contrast enhanced MRI of Brain shows intracranial dermoid tumor with large infarct
Figure 2. Per operative view of dermoid tumor
Figure 3. Per operative view after removal
Figure 4. Post-operative CT scan of brain
Figure 5. Post-operative status of the patient
Figure 6. Histopathological findings of the dermoid tumor
The authors described an intracranial dermoid tumour that was associated with an ischemic lesion occurred 8 years back. Only one case like this has been published in the world .
In our case, the patient had a history of sudden onset of left sided hemiparesis 8 years back but the patient didn’t take any conventional treatment as well as brain imaging. When the patient developed increased intensity of headache and epilepsy, then he was admitted to hospital and an MRI was done. The incidence of intracranial dermoid is a rare entity and the association with stroke is extremely rare.
Civit T et al.  reported a case of a woman presenting with sudden neurological deficit, revealing a parasellar dermoid tumour. To their knowledge, that was the first reported case in the literature.
The pathogenesis of such a tumour being associated with a stroke may be explained as an inflammatory reaction of the cortical vessels those were subjected to stenosis. As suggested for tumors, tumor fragment embolisation - caused by coagulopathy, may be responsible for later occurrence of ischemic stroke , such a tumour may follow a similar course of pathomechanism. Other mechanisms like direct compression of vessels by the tumour & hyper viscous obstruction of small end vessels as suggested for tumors  also may be suggested for such a tumour.
After surveying the literature, we must emphasize the unusual occurrence of dermoid tumour associated with stroke as observed in our case.
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