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November 1937

NEURO-EPITHELIAL CYST OF THE THIRD VENTRICLEReport of a Case with Recovery Following Operation

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From the Cleveland Clinic.

Arch NeurPsych. 1937;38(5):1055-1061. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1937.02260230153010

While cystic tumor of the third ventricle cannot be considered rare, it is distinctly uncommon and the literature contains reports of few cases. Rehbock1 stated that only fifty-three authentic cases have been described, and he reported three additional cases. In addition, he listed the cases reported since the reviews of the literature by Zimmermann and German,2 Stookey,3 and Dandy.4

Clinically, the signs and symptoms of obstructive tumor in the region of the third ventricle are variable. Sudden death is common, especially when the tumor is cystic, and the diagnosis in most of the reported cases was made at autopsy. Although some writers have attempted to elucidate a diagnostic clinical syndrome, most authors agree with Fulton and Bailey,5 who emphasized the fact that there is no characteristic syndrome of lesions of the third ventricle per se but that whatever localizing evidence is present is due to