Rhabdomyosarcoma of the petrous ridge. CT and MR imaging in an atypical case with multiple cranial nerve palsy.


The CT and MR findings are reported in a case of biopsy proven rhabdomyosarcoma of the skull base. The tumor presumably originated in a pneumatized petrous ridge and had an atypical presentation of multiple cranial nerve palsy. The lesion exhibited a soft tissue density and a nonexpansile bone destruction on unenhanced CT. On MR imaging the lesion showed homogeneous intermediate signal intensity on T1 weighted images and a high signal intensity on proton density and T2 weighted images. The scanty literature on CT and MR features of rhabdomyosarcoma of the head and neck is reviewed.


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