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Neurocutaneous 07

Topic: Pathology

Created on Monday, February 16 2009 by gliageek

Last modified on Monday, February 16 2009.


Courtesy of Dr. Mark Cohen
This tumor was removed from the cerebellum of a 26 year old woman. There is no family history of similar problems. The most cost effective next step in her evaluation would be?

 
        A) Urine chemistries for pheochromocytoma
 
        B) Abdominal MRI for renal cell carcinoma
 
        C) Hearing test for endolymphatic sac tumor
 
        D) Careful clinical examination for epididymal cysts
 
        E) Ophthalmological screening for retinal angiomatosis
 

 


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A) Urine chemistries for pheochromocytoma

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Pheochromoctomas are seen in 10-20% of vHLD, with an average age of detection of 30 years old  (See References)

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B) Abdominal MRI for renal cell carcinoma

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RCC develops at average age of ~40 years in vHLD  (See References)

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C) Hearing test for endolymphatic sac tumor

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Although these also occur early in the course of vHLD, the only occur in ~10 of patients  (See References)

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D) Careful clinical examination for epididymal cysts

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I wouldn't attempt this in a woman  (See References)

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E) Ophthalmological screening for retinal angiomatosis

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Retinal lesions are usually the first to develop in vHLD  (See References)

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References:

1. Love, S., Louis, D.N., and Ellison, D.W. (2008). Greenfield's Neuropathology, 8th Edition. Oxford University Press, USA (ISBN:0340906820)Advertising:
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Neurocutaneous 07
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