The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Clinical Records

Heterotopic brain tissue: A rare cause of adult recurrent meningitis

H. B. Whitteta1 c1, S. Barkera2, P. Anslowa2 and S. Leightona1

a1 E.N.T. Department, Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Rd., Oxford OX2 8HE.

a2 Department of Radiology, Radcliffe Infirmary, Woodstock Rd., Oxford OX2 8HE.


Heterotopic brain tissue is a rare cause of symptoms in neonates in whom it may present with respiratory obstruction. In infants it may produce unilateral nasal obstruction due to a nasal ‘polyp’ or cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhoea with an associated risk of meningitis. It is exceedingly rare in adults but may nevertheless be a cause of significant morbidity as this case demonstrates.

(Accepted January 26 1990)


c1 H. B. Whittet, F.R.C.S., E.N.T. Department, The Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford OX2 6HE.