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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. vol.77 no.9 São Paulo Sept. 2019  Epub Sep 23, 2019 

Images in Neurology

Primary sarcoma of the leptomeninges: unusual presentation and previously undescribed neuroimaging features

Sarcoma primário de leptomeninges: apresentação não usual e aspectos de neuroimagem previamente não descritos

João Vitor Gerdulli Tamanini1  2

Fabio Rogerio2

Laisson de Moura Feitoza1

Thales André Caricati1

Luciano Souza Queiroz2

Fabiano Reis1

2Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Departamento de Radiologia, Campinas SP, Brasil

2Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Departamento de Patologia, Campinas SP, Brasil.

A 30-year-old patient presented with generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Magnetic resonance imaging and microscopic examination are demonstrated in Figures 1 and 2.

Figure 1 A. A high relative cerebral blood volume (rCBV map) can be seen in the left temporal lesion (arrow) and is represented in green. B. T1-weighted post-gadolinium axial depicts lesion in left temporal lobe with necrotic center and a peripheral solid component with heterogeneous enhancement (arrow). C. ADC map exhibits true restricted diffusion in peripheral solid component of the lesion (arrow). D. Spectroscopy shows a significant elevation of the choline peak in 3.2 ppm (indicating increased cell turnover) and of the lipids/lactate peaks (necrosis/anaerobiosis markers) in 1.3 ppm (arrows). 

Figure 2 Neuropathology. Neoplasm with histological and immunostaining features compatible with an undifferentiated cerebral sarcoma of leptomeningeal origin. [A] Surgical specimen measured 7×3×3 cm and presented as a well-delimited, lobulated, friable yellowish and black mass. [B] On HE stain tissue was composed of small undifferentiated cells with basophilic nuclei and scant cytoplasm in a solid pattern. Fusiform and star-shaped cells were observed, as well as necrosis and apoptosis. On immunohistochemistry the lesion was focally positive for [C] epithelial membrane antigen (EMA), [D] vimentin and [E] p53. [F] Ki-67 was positive in up to 20% of cells in high-power fields. No staining was observed for AE1AE3, S100 protein, CD34, desmin, GFAP, HHF-35 and 1A4. B, C, D, E and F: 20x magnification. 

Histological analysis led to the diagnosis of undifferentiated cerebral sarcoma of leptomeningeal origin.

We illustrate a primary leptomeningeal sarcoma with hyperperfusion and high choline and lactate levels. Perfusion and spectroscopy are not yet discussed in the literature for these tumors.

Primary leptomeningeal sarcomas are aggressive tumors that account for 0.7% to 4.3% of intracranial neoplasm and mostly affect children1,2.

Our case merits attention due to an unusual presentation concerning age and lack of apparent relation with the meninges.


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2. Oliveira MJ, Ramos AMO, Sales AO, et al. Primary diffuse leptomeningeal sarcoma with rhabdomyoblastic differentiation. A case report and immunohistochemical study. J Neurol Sci. 2004 Jun;221(1-2):79-82. ]

Received: February 17, 2019; Accepted: April 07, 2019

Correspondence: Fabiano Reis; UNICAMP; Fabiano Reis. Departamento de Radiologia – Unicamp; Rua Tessália Vieira de Camargo, 126, Cidade Universitária; 13083-887 Campinas SP, Brasil; E-mail:

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

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