A variety of lesions may present as intraventricular masses in children. We report quantitative proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) of two intraventricular tumors of the choroid plexus: choroid plexus carcinoma (CPC) and choroid plexus papilloma (CPP). Both lesions were characterized by high levels of choline-containing compounds and a complete absence of creatine and the neuronal/axonal marker N-acetyl aspartate. The CPC showed higher levels of choline compared to the CPP, and it also had elevated lactate. These preliminary results, if confirmed in a larger cohort of patients, indicate that proton MRS may have a role in the presurgical diagnosis of choroid plexus tumors in children, which may also have important implications for therapy and prognosis.
- Brain tumors
- Choroid plexus
- H MR spectroscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging