Pediatric benign triton tumor of trigeminal nerve: a case report and literature review

Sophia Peng, Mandana Behbahani, Shelly Sharma, Stacy Speck, Nitin R. Wadhwani, Jeff C. Rastatter, Tord D. Alden*

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Purpose: Benign triton tumors (BTTs) in the pediatric population are extremely rare occurrences. Paucity of data on BTTs poses both diagnostic and therapeutic challenges, particularly when found intracranially. Methods: A case report of a 10-year-old male diagnosed with incidental maxillary trigeminal (V2) BTT is presented. We discuss radiographic and histopathological interpretations. Furthermore, we provide a brief review of current literature and historical background on pediatric trigeminal BTT diagnosis, histopathology, and management. Results: Successful gross total resection of the tumor was achieved via Dolenc approach to the cavernous sinus. Management options with consideration of outcomes from the few prior cases reported in the literature are presented. Conclusion: Treatment of trigeminal nerve tumors requires a broad differential diagnosis and understanding rare tumors is essential in the diagnosis and treatment algorithm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2055-2061
Number of pages7
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2022


  • Benign triton tumor
  • Neuromuscular choristoma
  • Trigeminal nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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