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NEUROIMAGING AND HEAD & NECK Table of Contents   
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 43-45
Cavernous sinus melanoma: A rare tumor


Department of Radiology and Neurosurgery, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Shaileshkumar Garge
Radiology Office, Department of Radiology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0971-3026.202970

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Primay melanoma of the cavernous sinus is very rare with only few cases reported in the literature. We present the cross-sectional imaging findings of this rare tumor. The differential diagnosis for cavernous sinus mass lesion is wide as it contains vital neurovascular structures that may be affected by vascular, neoplastic, infective, and infiltrative lesions arising in the cavernous sinus proper or via extension from adjacent intra and/or extracranial regions. Radiologic imaging can narrow the differential diagnosis, however, imaging cannot definitely reach single diagnosis if they present in atypical form with hemorrage and cystic degeneration. This case report illustrates that primary cavernous sinus melanoma may present as a atypical tumor with diagnostic dilemma.


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