Imaging of fetal brain tumors

Patricia Cornejo*, Tamara Feygin, Jennifer Vaughn, Cory M. Pfeifer, Alexandra Korostyshevska, Mittun Patel, Dianna M.E. Bardo, Jeffrey Miller, Luis F. Goncalves

*Corresponding author for this work

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Congenital brain tumors, defined as those diagnosed prenatally or within the first 2 months of age, represent less than 2% of pediatric brain tumors. Their location, prevalence and pathophysiology differ from those of tumors that develop later in life. Imaging plays a crucial role in diagnosis, tumor characterization and treatment planning. The most common lesions diagnosed in utero are teratomas, followed by gliomas, choroid plexus papillomas and craniopharyngiomas. In this review, we summarize the pathogenesis, diagnosis, management and prognosis of the most frequent fetal brain tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1959-1973
Number of pages15
JournalPediatric radiology
Issue number13
StatePublished - Dec 2020


  • Brain
  • Congenital
  • Fetus
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Tumor
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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