Incidental choroid plexus papilloma in a child: A difficult decision

Avra Laarakker, Jonathan Nakhla, Andrew Kobets, Rick Abbott

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Background: Choroid plexus tumors (CPT) in the pediatric population are usually discovered in symptomatic patients often with symptoms of increased intracranial pressure, with hydrocephalus as the most common presentation, along with seizures, subarachnoid hemorrhage, or focal neurological deficit. Most CPTs are found to be benign choroid plexus papillomas (CPP), whereas a small number are intermediate and malignant choroid plexus carcinomas (CPC). Total surgical resection is the established definitive treatment for symptomatic CPP. Case Description: We describe a young female who was found to have an incidental CPT during workup for recent head trauma without neurological deficits or hydrocephalus. She underwent a surgical operation to remove the tumor successful, with 1-year follow-up showing no recurrence and normal developmental milestones. Conclusion: This rare presentation of an asymptomatic CPT brings attention to the fact that there is no clear evidence for how or when to treat such patients. Because discovery of a CPT in an asymptomatic patient is uncommon, the treatment plan appears to be developed on a case-by-case basis. We hope to generate discussion for establishing an agreed upon treatment approach for CPTs in asymptomatic patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017


  • Child nervous system
  • Choroid plexus papilloma
  • Choroid plexus tumor
  • Incidental
  • Oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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