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February 1932


Author Affiliations


From the Neurosurgical Laboratory in the University Hospital and the Wards of the Graduate Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;27(2):270-281. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02230140024002

Fibroblastoma that is primary within the brain substance is rare. We know of only three reported instances that have been verified histologically: that of Mallory, reported recently by Bailey,1 a case of Bailey's and a recent case reported briefly by Tracy Mallory.2 We have had the opportunity recently to study such a tumor removed at operation, and we report it because of its rarity and because of the interesting and important theoretical questions aroused by the study of the pathologic specimen.

REPORT OF CASE  Vague history of headaches for two years. Sudden onset of symptoms three weeks before entrance with pain and discharge from the right ear and weakness of the left arm and leg. Objectively, left hemiparesis with Babinski sign, a mixed type of aphasia, hypesthesia over the left side of the body, 14 mm. of pressure in the spinal fluid and evidence of right mastoiditis. Diagnosis