Meningoencephalocele

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Meningoencephalocele

Meningoencephalocele is a type of encephalocele, which is an abnormal sac of fluid, brain tissue, and meninges (membranes that cover the brain and spinal cord) that extends through a defect in the skull.  There are two main types of meningoencephalocele, which are named according to the location of the sac. The frontoethmoidal type is located at the frontal and ethmoid bones while the occipital type is located at the occipital bone.  Hydrocephalus, abnormalities of the eyeball and tear duct, and other findings have been associated with the condition.  Some affected individuals have intellectual or physical disabilities while others have normal development and abilities.  The condition is typically congenital (present at birth) but has been reported to develop by chance in older individuals in rare cases. The underlying cause of the condition is uncertain, but environmental factors are thought to play a role. Treatment depends on the size, location and severity of the defect but mainly includes magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to determine the severity of the defect, followed by surgery to repair it.
 

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The terms "Meningoencephalocele" returned 15 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Comments on "Endoscopic Transpterygoid Approach and Skull Base Repair After Sphenoid Meningoencephalocele Resection".
 

Author(s): Nathaniel Reeve, Bradford A Woodworth

Journal: Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. ;67(1):58.

 

Last Updated: 2 Feb 2016

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Endoscopic transpterygoid approach and skull base repair after sphenoid meningoencephalocele resection. Our experience.
 

Author(s): Àngels Martínez Arias, Manuel Bernal-Sprekelsen, Elena Rioja, Joaquim Enseñat, Alberto Prats-Galino, Isam Alobid

Journal: Acta Otorrinolaringol Esp. ;66(1):1-7.

 

Cerebrospinal fluid leaks associated to meningoencephaloceles of the sphenoid lateral recess are rare entities. A congenital bony defect at this level results in the persistence of Sternberg's canal, or a lateral craniopharyngeal canal, which is supposed to be the origin of these ...

Last Updated: 20 Jan 2015

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Occipital meningoencephalocele in a preterm neonate.
 

Author(s): Prem Arora, Swati Mody, Vaneet Kumar Kalra, Dima Altaany, Monika Bajaj

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Last Updated: 30 Jul 2012

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The terms "Meningoencephalocele" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Transcranial approach for spontaneous CSF rhinorrhea due to Sternberg's canal intrasphenoidal meningoencephalocele: case report and review of the literature.
 

Author(s): Mohammad Samadian, Habibollah Moghaddasi, Mohsen Vazirnezami, Karim Haddadian, Omidvar Rezaee, Mehran Armanfar, Fatemeh Khormaee

Journal: Turk Neurosurg. 2012 ;22(2):242-5.

 

One type of congenital intrasphenoidal meningoencephalocele is remnant of lateral craniopharyngeal (Sternberg's) canal. We present a case of a 23-year girl with 10-month history of right side CSF rhinorrhea. CT scan, MRI revealed congenital meningoencephalocele and CSF leak from middle ...

Last Updated: 22 Mar 2012

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Transethmoidal meningoencephalocele in an elderly woman. Case report.
 

Author(s): Atsuhiko Kubo, Katsumi Sakata, Jiro Maegawa, Isao Yamamoto

Journal: Neurol. Med. Chir. (Tokyo). 2005 Jun;45(6):322-6.

 

A 69-year-old woman presented with a transethmoidal meningoencephalocele manifesting as gradually developing anosmia. Examinations revealed a mass in the nasal cavity associated with multiple angiomas in her lip and orbit. Neuroimaging showed meningoencephalocele extending via the ...

Last Updated: 23 Jun 2005

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