African Journal of Neurological Sciences

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Primary intracranial myxoma - Report of a rare case and review of literature

Ashis Kumar, Sardhara Jayesh, Jaiswal Sushila, Jaiswal Awadhesh, Das Kuntal, Merhotra Anant


Myxomas are benign primary tumors of the heart of mesenchymal origin. Neurological complications attributed to atrial myxoma occurs in 10% to 12% of  patients, with ischemic presentation due to cerebral infarct in 83%-89% of cases. Few case reports are available of multiple metastatic myxomas from primary in
the heart, despite its slow growing and innocuous histological appearance. Primary intracranial myxomas are extremely rare and only six cases have been reported in literature till date, out of which four were supratentorial in location. As on account of its benign nature, complete surgical resection of the tumor is the recommended treatment.

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