Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria
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GOUVEA, Verônica Maia; HAHN, Myriam Dumas and CHIMELLI, Leila. Lipoma of the midbrain: post-mortem finding in a patient with breast cancer. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1989, vol.47, n.3, pp. 371-374. ISSN 0004-282X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0004-282X1989000300021.
Intracranial lipomas are rare, usually do not have clinical expression and are located mare frequently in the corpus callosum. Other locations include the spinal cord, midbrain tectum, superior vermis, tuber cinereum, infundibulum and more rarely cerebellopontine angle, hypothalamus, superior medullary velum and insula. We report the case of a lipoma of the left inferior colliculus which was a post-mortem finding in a woman who died of breast cancer. Although there are reports of intracranial lipomas in patients with malignant tumors there is no explanation for the co-existence of the two tumors. The present tumor also includes a segment of a nerve which is not uncommon, but a less common finding was the presence of nests of Schwann cells within it, shown by immunohistochemistry.