Congenital pineoblastoma and parameningeal rhabdomyosarcoma: concurrent two embryonal tumors in a young infant

Corapcioglu F., Ozek M. , Sav A., Uren D.

CHILDS NERVOUS SYSTEM, vol.22, no.5, pp.533-538, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00381-005-0006-2
  • Title of Journal : CHILDS NERVOUS SYSTEM
  • Page Numbers: pp.533-538


Background: Pineoblastomas are very rare brain tumors in fetus and neonates, comprising only 0.9% of congenital brain tumors. The occurrence of multiple tumors of different histopathologic types in the same individual is a rare event, most often encountered in hereditary cancer syndromes. Case report: We report a female fetus presented with a congenital pineoblastoma at the 32nd week of gestation, with hydrocephalus and concurrent parameningeal embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma in early infancy. Results: Cytogenetic analysis showed normal karyotype in the peripheral blood of the patient, and p53 mutational analysis revealed no germ line mutations. Discussion: This is the first case with concurrent congenital pineoblastoma and parameningeal embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma in early infancy. We suggest that concurrence of these tumors could be due to mutations in other tumor suppressor genes or secondary to exposure to unknown in utero factors.