Intracranial large vessel vasculopathy and anaplastic meningioma 19 years after cranial irradiation for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
A child was diagnosed in 1969 as having acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) and received chemotherapy. On bone marrow relapse in 1973, he was treated with cranial irradiation (20 Gy) in addition to chemotherapy. He continues in complete remission 19 years after his relapse. At age 25 years, he presented with headaches and left hemiparesis. Computerised tomograph demonstrated a large, enhancing right-sided intracranial tumour. Angiography was performed and showed the right internal carotid artery was occluded. Most of the right hemisphere was supplied from the external carotid via the middle meningeal artery. The left posterior cerebral artery and the left anterior cerebral artery were absent presumably as a result of radiation-induced arteritis. A resection of an anaplastic meningioma arising from the right sphenoidal ridge was achieved. There was a rapid improvement in function and he returned to work. Vasculopathy of the large intracranial arteries has been described after high dose radiation. It may occur as in this case after moderate dose radiation. There is a correlation with meningioma. There is a possibility that large artery vasculopathy will be present in a proportion of patients irradiated for ALL. The long lag time between irradiation and the development of meningioma may mean that, as survivors of childhood ALL enter their third decade since cure, this tumour may be seen increasingly.
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