ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Case Report
Post-Traumatic Glioblastoma Multiforme: A Case Report
1 Department of Neurosurgery, Medical Faculty, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
2 Department of Anesthesiology, Medical Faculty, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
3 Department of Pathology, Medical Faculty, Atatürk University, Erzurum, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2011; 43: 50-53
DOI: 10.5152/eajm.2011.10
Key Words: Brain injury, Glial cell tumors, Trauma


Malignant glioma development after trauma is a rare occurrence. We report a glioblastoma multiforme case that developed after a depressed skull fracture. A 65-year-old man was admitted because of right sided hemiplegia, epilepsy and changes in consciousness due to a malignant glial tumor. He had been operated on for a left calvarial depression fracture caused by cerebral laceration thirty-five years before. Radiologic imaging revealed a large contrast-enhanced mass lesion at the left frontotemporoparietal junction under the depression site. The patient underwent urgent surgery, and radical excision of the mass was achieved. The histopathologic diagnosis was a high-grade glial tumor. Although the possibility of a pre-existing tumor rather than a trauma-induced tumor is very high, the presented case suggests that traumatic cerebral lesions may also be a predisposing factor for the development of malignant glial tumors.

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