Ependymoma in pregnancy: one suspicion can save a life

Ankita Pandey, Prasad Yeshwant Deshmukh, Madhuri Mehendale, Y. S. Nandanwar


Ependymomas arise from ependymal cells that line the ventricles of the brain and the spinal canal. Ependymomas are relatively rare tumors accounting for 2-3% of all primary brain tumors in adults. We present this case of ependymoma to highlight the fact that aggressive management might be keystone in saving mothers life and even after surgical intervention, it is possible that the tumour recurs and may prove fatal. Maternal outcome in primary brain tumours in pregnancy largely depend on histologic grade of primary tumour and gestational age at which they present.


Neuroependymoma, Ventriculoperitoneal shunt, Decompression, Intracranial tension

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