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      Quadrigeminal plate lipoma presenting with Psychosis: A case report with review of literature


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          A young patient who presented with headache followed by positive and negative symptoms of psychosis and mutism was sent for the MRI of brain. MRI revealed a lipoma in the quardrigeminal area. We hypothesized that the neuro-vascular encasement of structures located at the upper dorsal midbrain by the lipoma caused the symptoms. A review of the current literature of quadrigeminal lipoma cases with presenting symptoms is provided. Lipoma in quardrigeminal area could give rise to symptoms of psychosis. Intracranial lipomas are extremely rare benign tumors, accounting for <0.1 % of all primary brain neoplasms (1). Most commonly, they occur in the trigonal choroid plexus on cerebral convexities in the pericallosal area, suprasellar/interpeduncular cistern, cerebellopontine angle cistern, sylvian cistern and in quadrigeminal cistern regions (2, 3). Most of them are asymptomatic, usually discovered as incidental findings during autopsy or brain imaging (4). Rarely, they may be symptomatic and found to be associated with seizures or headache (5). Here, we present a case of a teenage female presenting with symptoms of psychosis whose MRI scanning showed a quadrigeminal cistern lipoma. We believe that this is the first reported case ever of such a lesion presenting with psychosis. Case report The case was a 17- year- old unmarried female patient studying in 9th standard from a low socio-economic background without any significant past or family history presented with symptoms of irrelevant talks, muttering, smiling to self without any apparent reason, disorganised behaviour and poor self-care for the last one month. Her symptoms started gradually three months ago when she complained of persistent, constricting type of diffuse headache of mild to moderate severity, which increased when she was reading. Two weeks later, she woke up one night with a sudden cry and shouting, expressing that she felt pain all over her body as if something was pressing on her. She became restless, fearful and wandered aimlessly in the house for hours. However, her consciousness was never altered and she never became unresponsive even for a brief period of time. Over the next few days, her restlessness continued to increase, and she became impulsive and touched and pulled others coming near her without any apparent reason. Her sleep was decreased and she showed odd behaviours like nodding her head, shaking the hands and head as well as making odd gestures. Smiling to self and drooling of saliva were also noticed, and her self-care decreased. She also micturated and defecated in her clothes and did not seem disturbed about it. There was a general loss of shamefulness and on multiple occasions she took out her clothes in public or wandered around inadequately dressed. Gradually, her talking decreased to the point of being silent. There was some improvement in her symptoms over the next two- three weeks spontaneously without any treatment. She started talking, although mostly irrelevantly, and was not found wandering with inadequate clothes though her clothing remained mostly dirty and dishevelled. However, her self-care continued to remain poor, she smiled to herself and muttered on occasions. She also micturated or defecated outside her house though ablution was limited and unsatisfactory. She was also noted to be sitting or standing in the same position for long durations and did not respond adequately when enquired about the same. There was no history to suggest seizures, delirium, drug intoxication, delusions, bipolar disorder, dissociative disorders, sleep disorders and any medical or surgical disorders. Mental status examination revealed clear consciousness. Her attention could be aroused easily but it was ill-sustained, and there was mild impairment in orientation. The patient was comprehending communication, as was evident by her following instructions like looking at her mother, picking up the pen etc. However, her judgement was impaired. Table1 Clinical presentation of quadrigeminal cistern lipomas Year Author(s) n Age (in Years) /Sex Country Symptoms 2013 Jha et al (12) 1 3 India single episode of generalized tonic-clonic seizures 2013 Majumdar et al (13) 1 10M India headache since 2 years of age along with recurrent vomiting and drooping of left eyelid during the attack 2012 Khoshnevisan et al (14) 1 20M Iran Headache 2012 Panil Kumar et al (15) 1 32M India Headache and Seizures 2009 Ogbole et al (1) 1 70F Nigeria Headache 2008 Senoglu & Altun (7) 1 37F Turkey Headache 2005 Yilmazlar et al (11) 1 37F Turkey raised intracranial pressure 2005 Fandiño et al (4) 1 47 Spain headache dizziness and quadrantanopsia 2002 Kiymaz & Cirak (16) 1 2F Turkey encephalocraniocutaneous lipomatosis 1998 Ono et al (3) 1 7M Japan complex partial seizures 1998 Sala et al (17) 1 4M Italy Epilepsy and behavioural change 1995 Nikaido et al (8) 1 65M Japan left abducens nerve paresis 1993 Uchino et al (18) 6 Japan mildly dilated ventricular system in one, rest asymptomatic 1991 Howng & Chang (19) 1 China headache; especially over the occipital area; and, blurring of vision 1989 Uchino et al (20) 1 Japan Asymptomatic 1987 Summers et al (21) 1 10F USA(Minneapolis) Congenital ocular motor apraxia 1987 Maiuri et al (22) 1 62M Italy Intracranial hypertension 1986 Friedman et al (23) 1 63M USA(Maryland) Headache, blurred vision, behavioural change 1985 Ambrosetto et al (24) 2 Italy impairment of vertical gaze in one 1983 Hayashi et al (25) 2 infants Japan obstructive hydrocephalus in one, agenesis of corpus callosum in other Fig 1 MRI Brain showing lipoma in the quardrigeminal area 1A. T1 image showing normal sized lateral ventricles 1B. T1 image showing lipoma in quardrigeminal area 1C. T2 image showing lipoma in quardrigeminal area Her hygiene was poor with dishevelled clothes, unkempt hair, restlessness, distractibility and poor maintenance of eye contact. Her speech was hesitant and mostly irrelevant with loosening of associations, occasionally incoherent and was barely audible. Her affect was inappropriate and labile. Physical examination revealed mildly brisk deep tendon reflexes (bilateral biceps, supinator, knee and ankle jerks were Grade 3+) and equivocal bilateral planter response. Further examination was not possible. The patient was seen by the consultant psychiatrist of the day and was diagnosed with acute and transient psychotic disorder as per International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD)- 10th Revision criteria (6). Her routine blood investigations and brain MRI (without contrast) were ordered. All the routine blood investigations were within the normal limits. MRI scan of the brain, however, showed a lesion (0.5cm x 0.42cm x 0.45cm) in the quadrigeminal cistern area in the posterior aspect of the right inferior colliculus of the midbrain and right superior medullary vellum and anterior to the lingula of the right cerebellar hemisphere. The lesion was hyperintense in both T1 and T2 sequences which was diagnosed as lipoma since these signal intensities were consistent with fat (7). However, fat suppression sequence in MRI could not be performed as it is not done routinely for all cases in our centre due to the very high workload. There was no evidence of any mass effect or obstructive changes in the brain parenchyma. Neurosurgical referral was sought, where conservative management was recommended. The patient was prescribed Tab. Olanzapine 5mg per day (increased to 10 mg per day after 5 days) and 1 mg of tab. Lorazepam, to which she responded within one month, and is currently on the same medication. Discussion The patient was diagnosed as a case of psychosis due to the presence of disorganized behaviour, formal thought disorder, persecutory ideas/delusions and negative symptoms in the form of abulia and poverty of speech (6). Moreover, keeping with the nature of acute and transient psychosis, it also presented with a polymorphic course. Delirium and focal seizure were ruled out by absence of alteration in consciousness, presence of adequate responsiveness and prolonged symptoms. However, some notable findings of the case were headache at the onset, slowly developing and variable mutism, a sensation described by the patient as “as if something is pressing” and soiling of clothes with urine and stool. Headache preceding the onset of psychosis along with soiling of clothes necessitated the brain imaging in this case. The incontinence could be the urge or overflow incontinence, or it could be a part of disorganized behavior of psychosis. The “as if something is pressing” sensation in the absence of any stimulus is likely to be tactile hallucination. Explanation for both of these symptoms could not be clarified beyond doubt due to the difficulty in communicating with the patient. The imaging findings confirmed lipoma of the quadrigeminal plate. Earlier studies have reported that further histo-pathological confirmation is not necessary to diagnose lipoma; hence, they were not sought (7). There are other differential diagnosis for lipoma in this region which include arachnoid and tectal plate cyst, tectal masses, supracerebellar abscess, dermoid and epidermoid cysts, ruptured P4 segment aneurysm of the posterior cerebral artery and also pineal region mass (8,1). Intracranial lipomas are extremely rare developmental tumors arising from abnormal persistence and development of primitive meninges (9). Lipoma in the quadrigeminal region includes that in the quadrigeminal cistern, the quadrigeminal plate, the ambient cistern, the superior vermis, or the superior medullary velum (1, 10). In about one fifth of the cases, these lipomas can cause significant mass effects (3), with neurologic deficits, obstructive hydrocephalus, or raised intracranial pressure (11). Usually patients present with headache, dizziness, psychomotor retardation, generalized or complex partial seizures, visual disturbances or may be asymptomatic (8). A review of literature of reported cases of quadrigeminal lipoma with presenting symptoms is given in Table 1. As of yet, there are no such case reports of subjects presenting with psychosis in association with such a lipoma. Lipomas rarely compress or displace the adjacent neural tissue, and they have been hypothesized to encase the nerves and vessels involving the surrounding structures to give rise to a variety of symptoms (17). Symptoms like headache, seizures, loss of consciousness, cranial nerve palsy, behavioral abnormality including aggressive behavior have been attributed to similar quadrigeminal lipomas without any pressure or mass effect in previous case reports (1, 7, 8, 12 and 17). Behavioral changes including aggressive behavior in quadrigeminal cistern lipoma have been hypothesized due to involvement of midbrain- limbic system of Nauta (17, 26). It includes several structures located at the upper dorsal midbrain including mesencephalic reticular system, the periventricular grey matter, and the midbrain-limbic system (17, 27). Moreover, mutism has also been reported in epidermoid cyst in the quadrigeminal cistern region in the literature, suggesting that some anatomical substrate is present in this area that can induce such symptoms (28). Visceral (Tactile) hallucinations have been reported in a patient with tumor of thalamus (29), which is anatomically near the current site of the lesion. In this case, we hypothesized that the appearance of psychotic symptoms is due to similar entrapment of neural tissue by the quadrigeminal plate lipoma. However, since surgical removal of the lipoma was not planned in this case, due to the absence of any compressive effect and difficulty in operating such tumors due to ensheathment of the surrounding tissues, the exact cause effect relationship of the tumor with the symptoms could not be commented upon with certainty. The fact that the symptoms responded to medical treatment does not prove the absence of any relation between the lipoma and the symptoms, as earlier reports indicated psychotorpics are effective in treating psychotic symptoms and catatonia with identifiable medical or neurological illness (30). Previous reports of headache, loss of consciousness, seizures attributed to similar lipomas have also responded well to medical management (1, 7, 12 and 17). On the contrary, previously reported oculo-motor apraxia and seizures due to similar lipomas remained unchanged even after total or partial removal of the tumor (21, 31). Therefore, the relationship between intracranial lipomas and its symptoms may not be as linear as that of a mass effect relationship. The idea behind reporting this case is to add to the body of the literature a very rare condition with an even more atypical associated presentation.

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          Pathogenesis of intracranial lipoma: an MR study in 42 patients.

          Intracranial lipomas are uncommon lesions whose development remains poorly understood. To clarify the anatomic and embryologic features of intracranial lipomas, we retrospectively reviewed the MR scans of 42 patients with 44 intracranial lipomas. Interhemispheric lipomas were the most common, accounting for 45% of cases. The remainder of the lesions were clustered in the quadrigeminal/superior cerebellar (25%), suprasellar/interpeduncular (14%), cerebellopontine angle (9%), and sylvian (5%) cisterns. Fifty-five percent of the lesions were associated with brain malformations of varying degrees. Intracranial vessels and nerves were noted to course through 16 (36%) of the lesions. The relative frequencies of the locations of the lipomas correspond to the temporal sequence of dissolution of the meninx primitiva, the mesenchymal anlage of the meninges. This finding supports the concept of lipoma formation as a result of abnormal persistence and maldifferentiation of the meninx. This embryologic concept of the development of intracranial lipomas explains the high frequency of callosal and other brain hypoplasias. Intracranial lipomas are neither hamartomas nor true neoplasms; rather, they are congenital malformations.
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            Intracranial lipomas: importance of localization.

            Intracranial lipomas are rare congenital malformations. They are usually pericallosal asymptomatic midline lesions. Other brain malformations are often seen in association with intracranial lipomas. We describe the findings of imaging studies, including computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, and MR angiography, along with a brief review of the literature. The frequency and the spectrum of the associated brain malformations are also discussed. We retrospectively reviewed CT and MR findings of 24 patients (14 female, 10 male, mean age 38.6 years) diagnosed with intracranial lipoma between December 2000 and June 2004 in two different radiology departments. Seventeen of the patients were diagnosed using cranial MR and seven with cranial CT. The CT density of all lesions was measured. Imaging characteristics of lipomas, morphological findings and associated malformations were described. The intracranial locations of the lipomas were left-sided quadrigeminal cistern (n=3), right-sided quadrigeminal cistern (n=4), interpeduncular cistern (n=1), sylvian fissure (n=3), interhemispheric fissure (n=3), choroid plexus (n=2), intercerebellar fissure (n=3), corpus fornicis (n=1) and the periphery of the corpus callosum (n=4). Eighteen of the intracranial lipomas were tubulonodular; six were curvilinear. Associated anomalies were observed in six patients. All of the patients with sylvian fissure lipoma had seizures. The two preferential sites of intracranial lipomas were pericallosal and dorsal mesencephalic. Most intracranial lipomas are found incidentally during neuroradiological investigations. CT and MR examination usually lead to the diagnosis, because of the very low attenuation values of lipomas on CT and the short T1 and T2 on MR. Midline anomalies and other malformations such as aneurysms are frequently associated with intracranial lipomas. Careful radiologic evaluation is therefore necessary to evaluate associated pathologies. Sylvian fissure lipomas should be considered in the differential diagnosis of patients with epilepsy.
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              Intracranial lipomas--a clinical study.

              This study aimed to investigate the localization of the lipoma, as well as associated intracranial and extracranial lesions in 14 patients immediately following hospital admission. The pathological findings from the neurological examinations of these patients are also investigated. Fourteen patients who were admitted to our clinic with a variety of symptoms and diagnosed with intracranial lipoma were included in the study. Problems presented upon admission, neurological findings, and other existing system abnormalities were evaluated. Localization of the lipomas and accompanying pathologies were determined by using computerised tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The most frequent reasons for admission of patients with intracranial lipomas were: headache 7 (50%), trauma 3 (21.5%), epilepsy 3 (21.5%) and one with symptoms due to the local mass effect of tumor (7%). Although the pericallosal region is accepted as the region where lipomas commonly occur, this study found the most frequent occurrence in the quadrigeminal cistern. Intracranial lipoma calcification was only evident in 1 of the 14 patients. In addition, contrary to the expectations, intracranial and extracranial lesions accompanying lipomas were rare. All patients received systematic treatment. This study showed that intracranial lipomas are more frequent in the quadrigeminal region of the brain; most are asymptomatic, generally caught incidentally; and accompanying intracranial and extracranial pathologies are less common than expected.

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                Iran J Psychiatry
                Iran J Psychiatry
                Iranian Journal of Psychiatry
                Psychiatry & Psychology Research Center, Tehran University of Medical Sciences (Tehran, Iran )
                September 2015
                : 10
                : 4
                : 288-292
                1. Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Ram Nagar, Jolly Grant, Dehardun-248016, India
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                Corresponding author: Ravi Gupta, Departments of Psychiatry Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Swami Ram Nagar, Jolly Grant, Swami Ram Nagar, Jolly Grant, Dehardun-248016, India. Tel: +91-9458942135. sleepdoc.ravi@ 123456gmail.com
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