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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 531-533  

Idiopathic hypertrophic pachymeningitis presenting with nasal mass: A rare case

1 Department of Neurosurgical Sciences, Dhiraj Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth, Pipari, Vadodara, Gujarat, India
2 Depatment of Surgery, Dr. D.Y. Patil Medical College, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication14-Jul-2015

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Kunal Kishore
Department of Neurosurgical Sciences, E26 Staff Quarter, Dhiraj Hospital, Sumandeep Vidyapeeth University, Pipari, Vadodara, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/0975-2870.160829

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Hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) is a rare disorder of diverse etiology. This case presented with a nasal mass. Magnetic resonance imaging of brain revealed HP. All other differential diagnosis was ruled out to term it as idiopathic. Patient was treated conservatively on steroids and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs. Patient showed improvement of symptoms on treatment. We report here a case of idiopathic HP presenting with nasal mass.

Keywords: Nasal mass, pachymeningitis, steroids

How to cite this article:
Salgotra B, Kishore K, Nirhale D, Sharma G. Idiopathic hypertrophic pachymeningitis presenting with nasal mass: A rare case. Med J DY Patil Univ 2015;8:531-3

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Salgotra B, Kishore K, Nirhale D, Sharma G. Idiopathic hypertrophic pachymeningitis presenting with nasal mass: A rare case. Med J DY Patil Univ [serial online] 2015 [cited 2020 Jul 4];8:531-3. Available from:

  Introduction Top

Hypertrophic pachymeningitis (HP) is a rare disorder of diverse etiology. It was first described by Charcot and later by Naffziger and Stern. [1] HP is a rare form of diffuse inflammatory disease that causes thickening of the dura mater. It can involve the cranial or the spinal dura or both. Until 2008, 60 treated cases of HP have been reported in the English literature. Three more cases were reported from India in 2009. [2] We present a case of HP extending into nose presenting with nasal congestion.

  Case Report Top

A 22-year-young male came with chief complaints of headache since 6 months and nasal congestion since 2 months. Examination revealed a nasal mass. Patient was conscious oriented [Figure 1]. No history of seizures, loss of consciousness or vomiting was present. Glasgow Coma Scale score was 15/15 at presentation. On magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) (plain + contrast) [Figure 2]. Diffuse thickening of dura was present involving base of skull and frontoparietal area including fissures extending upto nose [Figure 3]. Intranasal mass removal and biopsy was taken which revealed nonspecific granulomatous inflammation [Figure 4]. Venereal disease research laboratory test was negative. Serum polymerase chain reaction for tuberculosis was negative. Serum calcium levels, angiotensin-converting enzyme levels were normal. Chest X-ray was within normal limits. So sarcoidosis was ruled out. perinuclear anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies and cytoplasmic anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies were negative, Wegener's granulomatosis and vasculitis were ruled out. Patient was kept on conservative treatment with steroids, nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, antiepileptics (prophylactically) and was offered surgery later but patient relatives denied surgery. Patient was discharged on steroids.
Figure 1: Patients face with depressed root of nose

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Figure 2: Magnetic resonance imaging brain with contrast (saggital view)-showing hyperintensity along the base of skull + frontoparietal region + fissures

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Figure 3: Magnetic resonance imaging paranasal sinus view-extension of lesion to nose

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Figure 4: Histopathological examination of nasal lesion shows nonspecific granulomatous infl ammation

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  Discussion Top

Nonspecific symptoms of headache, nausea, and vomiting at the onset of the disease are the most common clinical presentations or are secondarily manifested with serous otitis and retro-orbital pain with later development of vision loss and hearing impairment. [1] Until 2008, 60 treated cases of HP have been reported in the English literature. Three more cases were reported from India in 2009. [2] There are few cases reported in literature involving visual disturbances but this is probably the first case reported with nasal mass. Cranial pachymeningitis typically cause progressive cranial nerve palsies, headaches, and cerebellar dysfunction. Cranial nerve VIII is the most frequently involved cranial nerve, and the next most frequently involved are cranial nerves V, VII, IX, X, and XII, with equal frequency. [3] Seizure at initial presentation is rare. [4] Hypertrophic cranial pachymeningitis is best identified by MRI. [5] The diagnosis is established by excluding all other granulomatous and infectious diseases. [6] The cause of idiopathic hypertrophic pachymeningitis (IHCP) is still speculative at this moment, from infectious agent, mucopolysaccharidosis, and intrathecal toxin to fibrosclerotic disease. [1] The diagnosis of IHCP relies on the exclusion of other possible causes of pachymeningitis, from granulomatous disease, such as neurosarcoidosis, neurosyphyllis, tuberculosis and rheumatoid pachymeningitis, and Wegener's granulomatosis to primary tumor of the meninx, en plaque meningioma, or dural carcinomatosis. [7] The pathologic finding of a biopsy specimen is also diagnostic because it shows proof of chronic inflammatory response.

The optimal treatment of IHCP is unknown. [8] Untreated, the clinical course is usually marked by severe headache and progressive neurologic detorioration and vision loss. [9] Steroid is the mainstay of therapy and is often effective in arresting disease progression, [10] suggesting that the mechanism underlying pachymeningitis may be an immunologic process.

In our case patient presented with a nasal mass whose biopsy showed nonspecific granulomatous inflammation. After ruling out all granulomatous disease and on MRI findings diagnosis of pachymeningitis was made and patient treated conservatively with steroids. Patient showed improvement with steroids.

  Conclusion Top

We presented a very rare case of pachymeningitis extending into nose presenting with a nasal mass which was treated conservatively and patient was discharged with relieve of symptoms.

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