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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

Print version ISSN 0004-282XOn-line version ISSN 1678-4227

Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. vol.76 no.9 São Paulo Sept. 2018 

Images In Neurology

Suprapineal recess diverticulum of the third ventricle exerting a mass effect on the midbrain and cerebellum

Divertículo do recesso suprapineal do terceiro ventrículo: efeito de massa sobre o mesencéfalo e cerebelo

Mariana Athaniel Silva Rodrigues1 

Thiago Pereira Rodrigues2 

Marcos Devanir Silva da Costa2 

Samuel Tau Zymberg2 

Ítalo C. Suriano2 

Sérgio Cavalheiro2 

1Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo SP, Brazil;

2Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Hospital São Paulo, São Paulo SP, Brazil.

Ventricular diverticula usually occur secondary to chronic obstructive hydrocephalus, due to long-standing pulsating of cerebrospinal fluid against the ventricle wall1,2. The medial wall of the atrium is more frequently involved1,3,4, but other ventricle sites are at risk as well2. We report on a 21-year-old woman with chronic headache and bilateral dysmetria. Magnetic resonance imaging showed a ventricular diverticulum on the posterior wall of the third ventricle with a cerebellar and midbrain mass effect (Figures 1-4). Her symptoms partially improved after endoscopic third ventriculostomy in the tuber cinereum region. Treatment of chronic hydrocephalus has been shown to improve the ventricular diverticulum symptoms in the patients in the literature1,2,3,4,5.

Figure 1 The preoperative axial T2-weighted fast spin echo imaging shows a large retromesencephalic cyst. 

Figure 2 The preoperative midline sagittal T2-weighted fast spin echo imaging shows the third ventricle posterior wall diverticulum exerting a mass effect on both the midbrain and cerebellum. Also, there is an obstruction point in the cerebral aqueduct. 

Figure 3 The preoperative coronal T2-weighted fast spin echo imaging at the level of the lateral ventricular atrium shows integrity of the medial wall of both lateral ventricular atria, suggesting that the posterior wall of the third ventricle is involved in this posterior fossa cyst genesis. 

Figure 4 The postoperative midline sagittal T2-weighted fast spin echo shows reduction of the cyst size. The posterior wall of the third ventricle is now visualized and is separated from the tentorium and tentorial face of the cerebellum. Also seen is the lamina terminalis, which forms the anterior wall of the third ventricle. 


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Received: April 28, 2018; Accepted: May 14, 2018

Correspondence: Thiago Pereira Rodrigues; Rua das Camélias, 29 / apto. 31, Mirandópolis; 04048-060 São Paulo SP, Brazil. E-mail:

Conflict of interest: There is no conflict of interest to declare.

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