Optic nerve choristoma mimicking a neurenteric cyst

J. C. Benson, C. Giannini, S. Cohen Cohen, J. Van Gompel, D. K. Kim, J. Port, F. Diehn, L. Eckel, C. Carr

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SUMMARY: Optic nerve choristomas are rare entities in which a developmental focus of histologically normal tissue is abnormally located within or along a segment of the optic nerve. Although benign, choristomas may demonstrate slow growth, ultimately resulting in visual field deficits due to compression of the adjacent nerve in the few cases reported in the anterior fossa. Choristomas may have cystic components, though this has not been described in such lesions along the optic nerve. Here, a predominantly cystic optic nerve choristoma is described, with radiologic features mimicking those of an anterior cranial fossa neurenteric cyst. The case highlights the radiology-pathology correlates of choristomas and reviews the surgical approach and management of patients with such lesions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)228-232
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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