Primary solitary intracranial melanoma: Case report and review of the literature

Riccardo Rodriguez y Baena, Paolo Gaetani, Marco Danova, Federica Bosi, Federico Zappoli

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Among CNS tumors, intracranial melanomas represent a subject of interest for neurooncologists and neurosurgeons because clinical and radiological patterns of these tumors can mimic the presence of meningiomas, and in spite of their malignant behavior they can be satisfactorily treated. In the present report we describe a new case of primary intracranial melanoma that displayed some radiological features of meningioma; we review the clinical features of 80 previously well-documented cases. The importance of neuroradiological and histochemical (S-100 protein, antimelanin antibodies, proliferating cell nuclear antigen staining) methods and of flow cytometry in helping with histopathological examination is stressed. Review of the clinical histories demonstrates that surgical excision is recommended in most cases, depending on tumor location, and that if total removal is performed, longterm disease-free periods can be attained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-37
Number of pages12
JournalSurgical Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1992


  • Flow cytometry
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Intracranial melanoma
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery


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