Cystic lesions
Meningocele - cystic

Author: Hanni Gulwani, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 15 June 2018, last major update December 2012

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Cite this page: Gulwani, H. Meningocele - cystic. website. Accessed July 22nd, 2018.
Definition / general
  • Posterior mediastinum cysts in infants or children which communicate with meninges, usually through a defect in vertebral bodies
  • Contain clear / amber cerebrospinal fluid
  • Usually incidental finding identified prior to surgery
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Thick fibrous wall, lined by flattened arachnoid cells
  • Variable neural tissue, calcification