Melanotic neuroectodermal tumour of infancy: A rare brain tumour of childhood

Muhammad Babar Khan, Delvene Soares, Muhammad Zubair Tahir, Rajesh Kumar, Khurram Minhas, Muhammad Ehsan Bari

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Melanotic neuroectodermal tumour of infancy is a rare, mostly benign but locally aggressive tumour of neural crest cell origin occurring in infants. The most commonly affected anatomic site is the maxilla. Such tumours of the brain and skull are very rare. We present the case of an 8 months old baby girl whose presenting complaint was a swelling in the scalp for 6 months. She was otherwise asymptomatic. CT imaging confirmed the presence of an osteolytic tumour in the anterior parasagittal skull with dural involvement. The tumour was surgically excised enbloc. The patient has been well at 2 years follow-up without any evidence of recurrence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-369
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of the College of Physicians and Surgeons--Pakistan : JCPSP
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2013


  • Enbloc tumour excision
  • GFAP stain
  • Melanotic neuroectodermal tumour
  • Osteolytic pigmented lesion
  • Scalp swelling
  • Vanillylmandelic acid


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