BRAIN tumors occur infrequently during the first years of life and usually are not recognized as such prior to surgical exploration or autopsy examination. In a recent hospital admission an infant was observed who presented signs and symptoms suggestive of a lesion in the cerebellopontine region. These findings, to be described more fully later, led to a presumptive diagnosis of a brain tumor which was later confirmed at autopsy.
REPORT OF CASE
G. W., an 11-month-old Negro girl, was admitted to Kings County Hospital (State University Division) on Oct. 27, 1951, because of a stiff neck of one day's duration.Approximately two weeks prior to admission the infant became anorectic, showed evidence of weight loss, and reacted with increased irritability on being handled. Three days prior to admission the mother observed that the infant had become less irritable, moderately lethargic, and unresponsive to environmental stimuli.No history of fever, cough,