Annals of African Medicine

: 2018  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 46--47

Neglected Type III growing skull fracture in a 65-Year-Old female

Sonal Saran, Sameer R Verma, Vineet Tomar 
 Department of Radiology, Subharti Medical College, Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Department Of Radio Diagnosis, Subharti Medical College, Meerut - 250 005, Uttar Pradesh

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Saran S, Verma SR, Tomar V. Neglected Type III growing skull fracture in a 65-Year-Old female.Ann Afr Med 2018;17:46-47

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A 65-year-old female patient, resident of a rural area in Western Uttar Pradesh in India, presented to the neurology outpatient clinic with the complaint of swelling over the left side of the scalp. The swelling was first noticed 15 years back which gradually increased in size since then. There was a history of trauma by the horn of a bull in the same region of the scalp 25 years back for which the patient did not undergo any imaging investigation or treatment. There was no history of pain over the swelling, fever, seizures, loss of consciousness, and generalized or focal neurological deficits. On local examination, the swelling was present over the left preauricular and temporal scalp region measuring approximately 7 cm × 8 cm × 2 cm [Figure 1]. The swelling was soft, compressible, and nonpulsatile, with absence of tenderness, visible impulse on coughing, bruise, warmth, and redness of skin over the swelling. The swelling was not fixed to the underlying skull and the overlying skin.{Figure 1}

A history of hypertension, diabetes, tuberculosis, and any other systemic illness was negative. Systemic examination was unremarkable. Higher mental functions, sensory, motor, and cranial nerve examinations were normal. Her laboratory examinations were within normal range. Workup for common metastatic lesions from breast, thyroid, kidney, and lungs was negative.

Radiological examination of the swelling was initiated with conventional radiography followed by noncontrast computed tomography scan (NCCT) and magnetic resonance imaging [Figure 2] and [Figure 3].{Figure 2}{Figure 3}

Remote history of trauma followed by the onset of gradually progressive swelling in the scalp which on radiological evaluation suggests typical features of leptomeningeal cyst led to the diagnosis of growing skull fracture (GSF). The patient was offered surgical treatment which she refused.

GSF also known as leptomeningeal cyst and craniocerebral erosion is a very rare complication following head trauma in children < 3 years of age. Pathogenesis of GSF is same in adults and children and follows a series of events initiated by fracture skull lacerating the underlying dura which is often tightly attached to the overlying skull in children. Pia-arachnoid membranes herniate through the torn dura and fracture line which then cause the fracture line enlargement as a result of constant cerebrospinal fluid pulsation. Progressive enlargement of bony gap is then seen.[1]

Naim-Ur-Rahman et al. classified the GSF into three categories on the basis of etiology, NCCT appearance, and surgical management required as follows:[2]

Type I: Presence of leptomeningeal cyst in the skull defectType II: Presence of underlying gliotic and damaged brainType III: Extension of porencephalic cyst through the skull defect in the subgaleal space.

GSFs are rare in adults. There are few case reports describing the presence of GSF in adults.[3],[4]

This case highlights the need to consider GSF in the differential diagnosis of adults presenting with scalp masses. Possible differentials include benign and malignant scalp masses such as inflammatory lesions involving skin and appendage, mesenchymal tumors, metastatic tumors, and other tumor-like lesions.

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