Hemangioma of the skull is exceedingly rare. A recent thorough review of the literature by Anspach1 disclosed a total of 21 reported cases. He added a detailed account of a case of his own, emphasizing the special roentgen features. The tumor was first diagnosed as a sarcoma. An operation was attempted but had to be abandoned because of profuse bleeding. However, after fifteen years the patient was still in good health and roentgenograms of the skull showed the characteristic "sunburst" effect of a benign, slowly growing hemangioma.
It is of interest that in 7 of the 21 cases of hemangioma of the skull operation was performed. Brief reference to them follows: In 1877, Ehrmann2 performed trephination of the skull of a 40 year old woman who had been suffering from severe headaches for many years. She died of meningitis shortly thereafter. At autopsy a soft cavernous hemangioma was