✓ Tumors of the oculomotor nerve are rare and most instances reported have been schwannomas. The authors present clinical, neuroradiological, and neuropathological findings in a 70-year-old woman with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) growing primarily in the proximal part of the left oculomotor nerve. The patient presented with a 1-month history of transient diplopia. Neurological examination revealed an incomplete left-sided oculomotor nerve palsy with no further signs of neurological dysfunction. Cranial computerized tomography and magnetic resonance imaging showed a tumor of the left oculomotor nerve without any obvious signs of penetration into the midbrain or upper pons. Following subtotal removal of the tumor, neuropathological examination of the operative specimen revealed a GBM that had grown diffusely within peripheral nerve tissue. Six weeks after surgery, the patient suddenly died of pulmonary thromboembolism. Postmortem examination of the brain confirmed a large leptomeningeal GBM at the left pontomesencephalic junction with complete destruction of the left oculomotor nerve. To the authors' knowledge, this represents the first case of a GBM of the oculomotor nerve, probably originating from glial cells within the most proximal part of the nerve or the adjacent leptomeninges.
Guido Reifenberger, Jan Boström, Martin Bettag, Wolfgang J. Bock, Wolfgang Wechsler and John J. Kepes
Frank Hertel, Mark Züchner, Christian Decker, Edward Erken, Stefani Libri, Marion Schmitt and Martin Bettag
✓ The authors describe a 58-year-old man with sudden onset of a unilateral tremor caused by a midbrain lesion that affected the substantia nigra and the cerebellothalamic pathway. There were also clinical and neuroimaging signs of a communicating chronic hydrocephalus. The patient was severely handicapped by this tremor, which was a typical Holmes tremor with rest, posture, and intention components. Parkinson disease or multiple-system atrophy as causes for the tremor could be ruled out by DaTSCAN and 123I iodobenzamide and single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), respectively.
The tremor was completely supressed by temporary and permanent cerebrospinal fluid release after ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement, without any additional medication, for a period of 6 months. Afterward, the tremor returned, and the patient had to be treated by a stereotactic electrode implantation in the contralateral ventralis intermedius nucleus, which led to complete tremor suppression during the 1.5-year follow-up period.
In this case report, the authors present the clinical description and the electrophysiological, SPECT, and magnetic resonance imaging data of a rare combination of symptoms and their surgical treatment.