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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045978/-clinicopathologic-features-of-infant-dysembryoplastic-neuroepithelial-tumor-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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H Wang, J T Ye, H X Yao, D Li, Y Dong
Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT) has traditionally been viewed as rare benign tumors that present with seizure widely considered curable with surgery alone. Most DNTs occur in childhood and young adults. However, rare reported cases occur in infants. This paper reported an infant case of DNT and its diagnosis, differential diagnosis, treatment, molecular features and prognosis based on the review of current literatures. The age onset of this patient was only 11 months old. The clinical manifestations were partial seizures and the imaging data untypical; CT and MRI were all supportive of astrocytoma...
October 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031036/-the-role-of-chemotherapy-in-the-treatment-of-low-grade-gliomas
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R Lakomý, T Kazda, A Poprach, P Pospíšil, R Jančálek, P Šlampa
BACKGROUND: The standard postsurgical options for low-grade gliomas include watchful waiting or radiotherapy depending on the risk factors for recurrence. The use of chemotherapy for the treatment of this disease is generally controversial, although the recently published results of the first of two large randomized phase III clinical trials (RTOG 9802 a EORTC 22033-26033), focusing on the evaluation of chemotherapy for the upfront treatment of newly diagnosed low-grade gliomas, are reassuring in this respect...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29031035/-controversy-in-the-postoperative-treatment-of-low-grade-gliomas
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T Kazda, R Lakomý, A Poprach, P Pospíšil, R Jančálek, P Šlampa
BACKGROUND: The optimal treatment for low-grade gliomas remains controversial. Neurosurgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy are the main treatment options. Despite advances in oncology, there are still a lot of uncertainties, and the optimal sequences, combinations, and timings of these procedures have not yet been optimized. It is still unclear whether temozolomide can replace effective, but toxic PCV chemotherapy (procarbazine, lomustine, vincristine) and whether temozolomide can be used upfront alone instead of radiotherapy alone...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984519/surgical-management-of-incidentally-discovered-diffusely-infiltrating-low-grade-glioma
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Michael Opoku-Darko, Stefan T Lang, James Artindale, J Gregory Cairncross, Robert J Sevick, John J P Kelly
OBJECTIVE Occasionally, diffusely infiltrating low-grade gliomas (LGGs) are identified as incidental findings in patients who have no signs or symptoms that can be ascribed to the tumors. The diagnosis of incidental, asymptomatic LGGs has become more frequent due to the vast increase in access to medical imaging technology. While management of these lesions remains controversial, early surgery has been suggested to improve outcome. The authors set out to identify and review the characteristics and surgical outcomes of patients who underwent surgical intervention for incidental LGG...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28983585/complex-role-of-connexin-43-in-astrocytic-tumors-and-possible-promotion-of-glioma%C3%A2-associated-epileptic-discharge-review
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Hui Dong, Xing-Wang Zhou, Xiang Wang, Yuan Yang, Jie-Wen Luo, Yan-Hui Liu, Qing Mao
Connexin (Cx)43 is a multifunction protein which forms gap junction channels and hemi‑channels. It also contains abundant binding domains which possess the ability to interact with certain Cx43‑associated proteins and therefore serve a fundamental role in various physiological and pathological functions. However, the understanding of the association between cancer and Cx43 along with Cx43‑gap junctions (GJ) remains unclear. All available data illustrate that Cx43 and its associated GJ serve important functions in cancers...
September 26, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28982039/whorling-sclerosing-meningioma-a-review-on-the-histological-features-of-a-rare-tumor-including-an-illustrative-case
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REVIEW
İlhan Elmaci, Meric Adil Altinoz, Aydin Sav, Fatih Han Bolükbaşı, Mustafa Önöz, Özdil Başkan, Ramazan Sari
Whorling-Sclerosing variant of meningioma (WSM) is a very rare variant of meningioma and only 28 cases were previously reported in the English medical literature. The term "whorling" describes different morphological features including psammoma bodies formed by precipitated calcium or by layered whorling sheets of tumor cells in meningothelial meningiomas. In WSM, the sclerosing structures are formed by typical paucicellular or acellular collagen whorls which form the majority of tumor volume. Hence, diagnosis of these tumors is based more often on morphological and histochemical features rather than on immunohistochemical findings...
September 28, 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980149/hemorrhagic-presentation-of-intracranial-pilocytic-astrocytomas-literature-review
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REVIEW
G Lakshmi Prasad, B N Nandeesh, Girish R Menon
Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are seemingly innocuous and benign tumors. However, in recent times, many case series have documented high rates of hemorrhage in these neoplasms. We hereby provide a detailed analysis on hemorrhagic pilocytic astrocytomas (HPA) in adults and report one such case managed at our institute. In addition, salient differences between adult and pediatric hemorrhagic PA have been briefed. Hospital records were retrieved for our case. Literature review was conducted by searching online databases for the following keywords-pilocytic astrocytoma, hemorrhage, cranial, pediatric, and adults...
October 4, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977789/intraoperative-squash-and-touch-preparation-cytology-of-brain-lesions-stained-with-h-e-and-diff-quik%C3%A2-a-20-year-retrospective-analysis-and-comparative-literature-review
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Makoto Hamasaki, Karen H F Chang, Kazuki Nabeshima, Pamela S Tauchi-Nishi
OBJECTIVE: Squash preparation (SP) is a rapid technique for the intraoperative assessment of brain lesions. Only a few studies have employed touch preparation (TP) cytology and Diff-QuikTM (DQ) staining in conjunction with SP. Our study aimed to assess the diagnostic efficacy of SP of brain lesions at our institution, ascertain the additional effect of TP and DQ staining, examine factors affecting the sensitivity and specificity of our methods, and compare our findings with those of previous investigations...
October 5, 2017: Acta Cytologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968159/pediatric-thalamic-gliomas-an-updated-review
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Avneesh Gupta, Nathan Shaller, Kathryn A McFadden
CONTEXT: - Neoplasms originating in the thalamus are rare overall (1% of all brain tumors); however, they comprise approximately 5% of pediatric intracranial tumors and approach 15% of all malignant pediatric intracranial tumors in some series. OBJECTIVE: - To update readers about the current understanding of the diverse histology, biology, and behavior of pediatric thalamic tumors. Histologic verification is now thought to be critical for planning treatment, and, as a result, biopsy and total/subtotal resections are much more common today than in the past...
October 2017: Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28962117/nearly-asymptomatic-intracranial-capillary-hemangiomas-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Xiaoyu Xia, Haoju Zhang, Hongyan Gao, Yi Yang, Yiwu Dai, Yang Jiao, Jianghong He
The present study reported a nearly asymptomatic case of intracranial capillary hemangioma (ICHs), which are rare benign vascular tumors or tumor-like lesions. A 33-year-old female came to the hospital with a complaint of a slight but recurring morning headache concentrated in the left posterior occipital area. These headaches spontaneously resolved without any treatment. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a mass inside the left occipital lobe. The patient refused to undergo conservative observation at home and insisted on radical therapy...
September 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28947983/deceptive-morphologic-and-epigenetic-heterogeneity-in-diffuse-intrinsic-pontine-glioma
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Marianna Bugiani, Sophie E M Veldhuijzen van Zanten, Viola Caretti, Pepijn Schellen, Eleonora Aronica, David P Noske, William P Vandertop, Gertjan J L Kaspers, Dannis G van Vuurden, Pieter Wesseling, Esther Hulleman
Historically, the diagnosis of diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) was based on typical imaging findings and clinical characteristics instead of pathology. However, the discovery of mutations in histone H3 variants, and the availability of tumor material for molecular analysis, has led to a paradigm shift in DIPG research and clinical practice. Using data from whole-brain autopsies in a series of nine DIPG patients with known histone mutational status, we here aim to review histopathological characteristics with special focus on intratumoral heterogeneity (ITH) and histone 3 K27 trimethylation (H3 K27me3)...
September 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28941523/a-review-of-visual-and-oculomotor-outcomes-in-children-with-posterior-fossa-tumors
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Crandall E Peeler
Tumors of the posterior fossa represent the most common solid malignancy of childhood and can affect the visual system in several ways. This article outlines the relevant visual anatomy affected by these tumors and reviews the visual and oculomotor outcomes associated with the following 3 most common tumor types-medulloblastoma, juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma, and ependymoma. The available data suggest that the rate of permanent vision loss is low (5.9%-8.3%), with patients having juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma demonstrating the best outcomes...
May 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935546/fluorescein-guided-resection-of-intramedullary-spinal-cord-tumors-results-from-a-preliminary-multicentric-retrospective-study
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Francesco Acerbi, Claudio Cavallo, Karl-Michael Schebesch, Mehmet Osman Akcakaya, Camilla de Laurentis, Mustafa Kemal Hamamcioglu, Morgan Broggi, Alexander Brawanski, Jacopo Falco, Roberto Cordella, Paolo Ferroli, Telat Kiris, Julius Höhne
INTRODUCTION: IMSCTs are rare heterogenous lesions usually enhancing at pre-operative MRI, due to a damaged BBB. SF is a dye that accumulates in areas of the CNS with a damaged BBB. Given the pattern of MRI contrast-enhancement of the majority of IMSCTs, the use of this fluorescent tracer could improve tumor visualization and quality of resection. In this paper, we present the first experience on the application of fluorescein-guided technique for surgical removal of IMSCTs. METHODS: 11 patients (6 males, 5 females, mean age 50...
September 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927109/disease-progression-patterns-of-bevacizumab-responders-with-recurrent-malignant-gliomas
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Ju-Hwi Kim, Tae-Young Jung, Eu Chang Hwang, Sung-Hoon Jung, Shin Jung, In-Young Kim, Woo-Youl Jang, Kyung-Sub Moon, Kyung-Hwa Lee, Seul-Kee Kim
Tumor progression in patients with recurrent malignant glioma who respond to bevacizumab (BEV) is difficult to assess. The current study reviewed the clinical and radiological results of patients following a BEV-based chemotherapy regimen, and evaluated disease progression patterns in patients who responded to BEV therapy. From August 2011 to November 2015, 24 patients (18 glioblastoma cases and 6 anaplastic astrocytoma cases) were treated with BEV-based chemotherapy. In total, 6 patients were treated with BEV alone and 18 patients were treated with BEV combined with irinotecan...
September 2017: Oncology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913566/adar-rna-editing-in-human-disease-more-to-it-than-meets-the-i
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REVIEW
Angela Gallo, Dragana Vukic, David Michalík, Mary A O'Connell, Liam P Keegan
We review the structures and functions of ADARs and their involvements in human diseases. ADAR1 is widely expressed, particularly in the myeloid component of the blood system, and plays a prominent role in promiscuous editing of long dsRNA. Missense mutations that change ADAR1 residues and reduce RNA editing activity cause Aicardi-Goutières Syndrome, a childhood encephalitis and interferonopathy that mimics viral infection and resembles an extreme form of Systemic Lupus Erythmatosus (SLE). In Adar1 mouse mutant models aberrant interferon expression is prevented by eliminating interferon activation signaling from cytoplasmic dsRNA sensors, indicating that unedited cytoplasmic dsRNA drives the immune induction...
September 14, 2017: Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885262/if-it-is-not-a-glioblastoma-then-what-is-it-a-differential-diagnostic-review
#16
Murat Gokden
As its historical name glioblastoma multiforme implies, glioblastoma is a histologically diverse, World Health Organization grade IV astrocytic neoplasm. In spite of its simple definition of presence of vascular proliferation and/or necrosis in a diffuse astrocytoma, the wide variety of cytohistomorphologic appearances overlap with many other neoplastic or non-neoplastic lesions. Here, after a brief review of glioblastoma is provided, the differential diagnostic possibilities with an emphasis on mimics and pitfalls are discussed...
November 2017: Advances in Anatomic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28870453/spinal-cord-tumors-in-children-a-review-of-21-cases-treated-at-the-same-institution
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I Merlot, J Francois, J-C Marchal, A Joud, R Guerbouz, P Chastagner, O Klein
INTRODUCTION: Spinal cord tumors in children (SCTC) are rare with a frequent diagnostic delay. Its management is multidisciplinary and challenging due to functional implications. The position of surgery is now better established but the role and timing of chemotherapy (CT) and radiotherapy (RT) still remains under debate. Adverse effects of treatments are important to be taken into account, in the follow-up of these children. The aim of this paper was to present a series of 21 cases of SCTC treated at the same institution, to briefly present clinical features, treatments and outcome, with a special focus on spinal deformities in children with this condition...
September 1, 2017: Neuro-Chirurgie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867398/visual-and-ocular-motor-outcomes-in-children-with-posterior-fossa-tumors
#18
Crandall E Peeler, Jane C Edmond, Jeffrey Hollander, Jamie K Alexander, David Zurakowski, Nicole J Ullrich, Peter E Manley, Gena Heidary
PURPOSE: To describe the clinical characteristics and visual and ocular motor outcomes of a large cohort of pediatric patients treated for tumors of the posterior cranial fossa. METHODS: The medical records of all patients with posterior fossa tumors evaluated by the ophthalmology services at two large tertiary care academic hospitals between 2005 and 2011 were reviewed retrospectively. Data abstracted for each study patient included demographic information, presenting signs and symptoms, pathologic diagnosis, and results of the most recent ophthalmology examination...
August 31, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865921/in-vivo-assessment-of-tumor-heterogeneity-in-who-2016-glioma-grades-using-diffusion-kurtosis-imaging-diagnostic-performance-and-improvement-of-feasibility-in-routine-clinical-practice
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J-M Hempel, J Schittenhelm, S Bisdas, C Brendle, B Bender, G Bier, M Skardelly, G Tabatabai, S Castaneda Vega, U Ernemann, U Klose
PURPOSE: To assess the diagnostic performance of normalized and non-normalized diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) metrics extracted from different tumor volume data for grading glioma according to the integrated approach of the revised 2016 WHO classification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty patients with histopathologically confirmed glioma, who provided written informed consent, were retrospectively assessed between 01/2013 and 08/2016 from a prospective trial approved by the local institutional review board...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Neuroradiology. Journal de Neuroradiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863449/glioblastoma-targeted-therapy-updated-approaches-from-recent-biological-insights
#20
M Touat, A Idbaih, M Sanson, K L Ligon
Glioblastoma (WHO grade IV astrocytoma) is the most frequent primary brain tumor in adults, representing a highly heterogeneous group of neoplasms that are among the most aggressive and challenging cancers to treat. An improved understanding of the molecular pathways that drive malignancy in glioblastoma has led to the development of various biomarkers and the evaluation of several agents specifically targeting tumor cells and the tumor microenvironment. A number of rational approaches are being investigated, including therapies targeting tumor growth factor receptors and downstream pathways, cell cycle and epigenetic regulation, angiogenesis and antitumor immune response...
July 1, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
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