Home > Journals > Chirurgia > Past Issues > Chirurgia 2011 December;24(6) > Chirurgia 2011 December;24(6):357-60





A Journal on Surgery

Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, Scopus, Emerging Sources Citation Index



Chirurgia 2011 December;24(6):357-60

language: English

Endoscopic endonasal removal of an intrasphenoidal paranasal sinus meningioma mimicking a squamous cell carcinoma

Sasani M. 1, Ramazanov M. 2, Oktenoglu T. 1, Peker K. 3, Fahir Ozer A. 4

1 Neurosurgery Department, American Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2 Neurosurgery Department, The Red Cross Hospital, Ashkhabad, Turkmenistan
3 Istanbul Pathology Center, Istanbul, Turkey
4 Neurosurgery Department, Professor of Koc University School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey


Extracranial meningiomas comprise 1% to 2% of all meningiomas. Primary extracranial paranasal meningiomas are even less common. A pure intrasphenoidal localization is exceptional, and it may cause misdiagnosis. A 60 year old male patient was suffering from a headache. Anosmia was the only neurological finding determined, but he was not aware of it. The magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated an intrasphenoidal mass resembling a squamous cell carcinoma; the patient underwent an endoscopic endonasal procedure. The histopathological studies revealed a meningotheliomatous meningioma. Postoperative course was uneventful. Different behaviors of a tumor in an unusual location may cause misdiagnosis. The possibility of an intrasphenoidal paranasal meningioma has to be considered in the differential diagnosis of sphenoidal region masses. Also, the use of an endoscopy can help to avoid significant nasal injury. A verification of their etiology, adequate diagnosis, and management principles will allow for a satisfactory procedure.

top of page

Publication History

Cite this article as

Corresponding author e-mail