Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 116–118 | Cite as

Polycystic brain (cerebrum polycystica vera) associated with ectodermal dysplasia: A new neurocutaneous syndrome

  • R. N. Sener


This paper presents a unique case of true polycystic brain in which multiple cysts of curvilinear, round, oval, or layered configuration occurred. These apparently represented extremely dilated Virchow-Robin spaces: the perivascular spaces lined by ependymal/leptomeningeal cells. Irregular retinal pigment epithelium was also evident. In addition, the patient showed ectodermal dysplasia manifesting as thin hair, dystrophic nails, and dental abnormalities. A common ectodermal origin for the brain cysts and the ectodermal changes is proposed, as it is known that the central nervous system (including the ependymal/leptomeningeal cells and the retinal cells), the epidermis (including hair and nails), and the enamel of the teeth have the same origin — the embryonic ectoderm. This association appears to be a new, distinct neurocutaneous syndrome.


Retinal Pigment Epithelium Retinal Pigment Pigment Epithelium Unique Case Retinal Cell 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. N. Sener
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  1. 1.Department of RadiologyEge University HospitalIzmirTurkey

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