Prepontine intracerebral cyst with spontaneous resolution

Mohammad Hamza Bajwa, Nasr Hussain, Muhammad Ehsan Bari

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Background: Intracranial cysts in the prepontine region are rare and can lead to various complications if not managed appropriately. Symptomatic prepontine cysts may require surgical intervention. However, spontaneous resolution of such cysts is rarely reported in literature. Case Description: We describe the case of a middle-aged lady who presented with headaches and imbalance, with no focal neurological deficits on examination. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain showed a prepontine cyst compressing the brainstem with craniocaudal extension through the foramen magnum. The patient was given symptomatic treatment and followed closely with repeat MRI scans. These scans showed regression and eventual disappearance of the lesion, with complete resolution of symptoms. Conclusion: In light of the few reported cases of spontaneous resolution of prepontine cysts, we highlight the possibility of these lesions to self-resolve.

Original languageEnglish
Article number402
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Adult brain cyst
  • Prepontine cyst
  • Spontaneous resolution


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