Turkish Neurosurgery 2008 , Vol 18 , Num 1
Esophageal Carcinoma Metastasis to Cerebellum: A Case Report
Hakan TUNA1, Melih BOZKURT2, Caner SARILAR3, Aylin OKÇU HEPER4, Ahmet ERDOĞAN5
1,3,5Ankara University, Department of Neurosurgery, Ankara, Turkey
2DoguBeyazıt Devlet Hastanesi, Department of Neurosurgery, DoguBeyazit, Agrı, Turkey
4Ankara University, Department of Pathology, Ankara, Turkey
Esophageal carcinoma metastatic to the cerebellum and causing cerebellar compression is a rare entity. The authors report on the case of a 54-year-old woman in whom a metastatic cerebellar tumor secondary to esophageal carcinoma was treated. The patient presented with progressively increasing occipital headache. Computerized tomography scanning and magnetic resonance imaging results revealed a mass lesion in the cerebellum. Because of her previous esophageal carcinoma history, metastatic tumor to the cerebellum was assumed, and the patient underwent total resection of the tumor via median suboccipital approach. Histological examination of the specimen showed a metastatic adenocarcinoma of the esophagus. Postoperatively, the patient received 41 Gy radiation as adjuvant therapy. This case represents an addition to the reported literature of such a rare lesion.

The diagnosis, treatment, and pathological findings of this case are presented and the pertinent literature is reviewed. Keywords : Cerebellum, Esophagus cancer, Metastasis

Corresponding author : Hakan Tuna, ktuna@yahoo.com