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April 14, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXIV(15):941-942. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460150047007

Some time ago reference was made in these columns to a form of giantism in a boy, 4 years old, associated with sarcoma of the pineal gland. The case was described by Oestreich and Slawyk.1 In the Transactions of the London Pathological Society for 1899 (Vol. 1) there occur a number of interesting reports of cases of tumor and of other lesions of the pineal body. Cyril Ogle describes a primary, slightly pigmented sarcoma of the pia over the surface of the cerebrum. The patient was a woman, 32 years old. The illness began suddenly, with a fit of unconscious and right hemiplegia; this was followed by headache, emaciation, choked disc, mental dulness ending in coma, intermittent aphasia and right hemiplegia. There is no mention in the report of any abnormal enlargement of any part of the body. The patient was under observation for ten weeks.

Ogle also describes