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February 1953


Author Affiliations


From the Department of Neurology of the County and City Hospital (Head, Mogens Lund, M.D.), Odense; the State Department of Neurology and the Neurological Clinic of the University (Head, C. J. Munch-Petersen, M.D.), Aarhus, and the Institute of Brain Pathology (Head, K. A. Lorentzen, M.D.) at the State Mental Hospital and the Psychiatric Clinic of the University (Head, E. Strömgren, M.D.), Aarhus.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1953;69(2):208-223. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1953.02320260066005

TUMORS of the pons are not common. McLean1 stated: "The slowly growing, relatively infrequent tumors of this region produce a kaleidoscopic wealth of signs which are myriad combinations of nuclear paralyses and projection-tract disturbances, a neurologic delight for diagnosis and neurosurgical despair for therapeusis."

The vascular tumors constitute only a very small portion of these tumors and are thus extremely rare.

A certain confusion still prevails with regard to the nomenclature of the vascular tumors of the central nervous system. Virchow2 classified the angiomatous anomalies as follows:

  1. Cavernous angiomas, i. e., vascular tumors made up of dilated "cavernous" spaces with fused walls, so that neither glia nor specific nerve tissue, but only a sparse stroma resembling connective tissue, is found between the spaces

  2. Vascular changes in which glia or nerve tissue is present between the individual lumina

    • Telangiectases (or simple angiomas), consisting of vessels of capillary structure

    • Racemose

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