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Dermoid Cysts of the Asterion: An Unusual Location for Unusual Dermoids, Radiological Findings and Neurosurgical Implications

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Department of Neuroradiology, S. Andrea Hospital, University Sapienza, 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
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NESMOS Department, S. Andrea Hospital, University Sapienza, 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Surgical Pathology Units, Department of Clinical and Molecular Medicine, Sant’ Andrea Hospital, La Sapienza University, 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Department of Neurosurgery, S. Andrea Hospital, University Sapienza, 5, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Tomography 2022, 8(2), 1141-1147; https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8020093
Received: 13 November 2021 / Revised: 30 March 2022 / Accepted: 7 April 2022 / Published: 14 April 2022
Asterion is an uncommon site for lesions, especially dermoid cysts. We report a case series of three asterional intracranial dermoid cysts, which, to the best of our knowledge, have never been described before. Patients presented with non-specific symptoms and underwent surgical excision of the lesions. It is crucial to correctly diagnose intracranial masses and to identify their relationships with surrounding anatomical structures, especially if the location is unusual as the asterion, to plan surgery. The challenge of this tumor location is to preserve the venous drainage system during surgical procedures, because of the contiguity between the asterion and the transverse–sigmoid junction. Rupturing or damaging of the venous drainage system have been proven to be catastrophic because they lengthen surgical time and present dire consequences for patients. In conclusion, it is crucial to familiarize with atypical dermoid presentation to ensure proper diagnoses and to perform adequate imaging for optimal surgical planning. View Full-Text
Keywords: asterion; dermoid cyst; lateral cranial base approach; computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging asterion; dermoid cyst; lateral cranial base approach; computed tomography; magnetic resonance imaging
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Guarnera, A.; Trasimeni, G.; Romano, A.; Stoppacciaro, A.; Serio, M.; Miscusi, M.; Bozzao, A. Dermoid Cysts of the Asterion: An Unusual Location for Unusual Dermoids, Radiological Findings and Neurosurgical Implications. Tomography 2022, 8, 1141-1147. https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8020093

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Guarnera A, Trasimeni G, Romano A, Stoppacciaro A, Serio M, Miscusi M, Bozzao A. Dermoid Cysts of the Asterion: An Unusual Location for Unusual Dermoids, Radiological Findings and Neurosurgical Implications. Tomography. 2022; 8(2):1141-1147. https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8020093

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Guarnera, Alessia, Guido Trasimeni, Andrea Romano, Antonella Stoppacciaro, Mattia Serio, Massimo Miscusi, and Alessandro Bozzao. 2022. "Dermoid Cysts of the Asterion: An Unusual Location for Unusual Dermoids, Radiological Findings and Neurosurgical Implications" Tomography 8, no. 2: 1141-1147. https://doi.org/10.3390/tomography8020093

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