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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29454505/current-management-of-intracranial-germ-cell-tumours
#1
A Bowzyk Al-Naeeb, M Murray, G Horan, F Harris, R-D Kortmann, J Nicholson, T Ajithkumar
Intracranial germ cell tumours (icGCTs) are uncommon tumours occurring in children and young adults. They are usually segregated into germinomas and non-germinomatous tumours (NGGCTs) in most classifications. Germinomas are highly curable tumours with multimodality treatment, but NGGCTs are associated with poorer survival outcomes. There are some differences in the approach to the management of icGCTs globally. Current research generally focuses on reducing treatment intensity, particularly the dose and volume of radiotherapy, in order to minimise the risks of late sequelae while maintaining high cure rates in icGCTs...
February 14, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29415126/central-nervous-system-germinomas-express-programmed-death-ligand-1
#2
Miriam E Wildeman, Matthew J Shepard, Edward H Oldfield, M Beatriz S Lopes
Immunomodulation and tumor-induced tolerance is one of the central mechanisms in the oncogenesis of malignant and benign neoplasms. While numerous pathways have been described, signaling through the programmed death receptor 1 (PD-1) on T lymphocytes, via activation through its ligand, programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expressed on tumor cells is one of the central pathways involved in tumor-induced tolerance. While the neoplastic component of germinomas of the CNS is the germ cell, these tumors also exhibit an abundance of quiescent tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29378909/intracranial-germinoma-causing-cerebral-haemiatrophy-and-hypopituitarism
#3
Bruno Fukelmann Guedes, Marcio Nattan Portes Souza, Breno José Alencar Pires Barbosa, Fernando Pereira Frassetto, Leandro Tavares Lucato, Carla Rachel Ono, Luiz Henrique Martins Castro, Ricardo Nitrini, Mateus Mistieri Simabukuro
A young woman presented with primary amenorrhoea, progressive haemiparesis, visual disturbance, dementia and focal motor seizures. Investigations showed hypopituitarism, unilateral cerebral atrophy and inflamed cerebrospinal fluid. A trans-sphenoidal biopsy gave a unifying diagnosis of a pituitary germinoma.
January 29, 2018: Practical Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335082/-a-comparative-analysis-of-anti-n-methyl-d-aspartate-receptor-encephalitis-with-or-without-abnormal-findings-on-cranial-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#4
Jian-Zhao Zhang, Qian Chen, Ping Zheng, Li-Na Xie, Xiao-Li Yi, Hai-Tao Ren, Jian Yang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical features of children with anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (anti-NMDAR) encephalitis with normal or abnormal cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings via a comparative analysis. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed for the clinical data of 33 children with anti-NMDAR encephalitis. The clinical features and prognosis were compared between the children with normal and abnormal cranial MRI findings. RESULTS: In the 33 children with anti-NMDAR encephalitis, the most common initial symptoms were seizures (61%) and involuntary movement (61%), followed by language disorder (54%), mental and behavioral abnormalities (52%), and disturbance of consciousness (30%)...
January 2018: Zhongguo Dang Dai Er Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Contemporary Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325960/results-of-biopsy-proven-sellar-germ-cell-tumors-nine-years-experience-in-a-single-center
#5
Yi Zhang, Huijuan Zhu, Kan Deng, Wenbin Ma, Yu Wang, Jian Sun, Xin Lian, Hui Pan, Renzhi Wang, Yong Yao
BACKGROUND: The biopsy is recognized as the most accurate method to determine the histological characterization of sellar germ cell tumors. It is very difficult to evaluate the prognosis before histological confirmation. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to evaluate the independent prognostic risk factors of patients with sellar germ cell tumors (GCTs). METHODS: From January 2008 to December 2015, 61 patients who were histologically diagnosed as sellar GCTs did follow-ups and were included in this retrospective study...
January 8, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29324254/prdm14-is-expressed-in-germ-cell-tumors-with-constitutive-overexpression-altering-human-germline-differentiation-and-proliferation
#6
Joanna J Gell, Jasmine Zhao, Di Chen, Timothy J Hunt, Amander T Clark
Germ cell tumors (GCTs) are a heterogeneous group of tumors occurring in gonadal and extragonadal locations. GCTs are hypothesized to arise from primordial germ cells (PGCs), which fail to differentiate. One recently identified susceptibility loci for human GCT is PR (PRDI-BF1 and RIZ) domain proteins 14 (PRDM14). PRDM14 is expressed in early primate PGCs and is repressed as PGCs differentiate. To examine PRDM14 in human GCTs we profiled human GCT cell lines and patient samples and discovered that PRDM14 is expressed in embryonal carcinoma cell lines, embryonal carcinomas, seminomas, intracranial germinomas and yolk sac tumors, but is not expressed in teratomas...
January 4, 2018: Stem Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29274449/proton-mrs-detection-of-high-lipid-levels-and-low-adc-is-characteristics-of-germinoma
#7
Fumiyuki Yamasaki, Yasuyuki Kinoshita, Takeshi Takayasu, Satoshi Usui, Manish Kolakshyapati, Motoki Takano, Sayuru Tsuyuguchi, Vishwa Jeet Amatya, Yuji Akiyama, Yukio Takeshima, Kazuhiko Sugiyama, Kaoru Kurisu
BACKGROUND: The differentiation of germinoma from other tumors by conventional MRI can be very difficult. The purpose of our study was to determine if proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy and diffusion-weighted imaging could give additional information for definitive diagnosis of germinoma. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our institutional review board approved this retrospective study. We reviewed the images of 26 patients with histologically confirmed germinoma who were treated in our institution between 2003 and 2016...
December 20, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29237087/type-frequency-and-spatial-distribution-of-immune-cell-infiltrates-in-cns-germinomas-evidence-for-inflammatory-and-immunosuppressive-mechanisms
#8
Pia Zapka, Evelyn Dörner, Verena Dreschmann, Noriaki Sakamato, Glen Kristiansen, Gabriele Calaminus, Christian Vokuhl, Ivo Leuschner, Torsten Pietsch
Central nervous system germinomas are characterized by a massive immune cell infiltrate. We systematically characterized these immune cells in 28 germinomas by immunophenotyping and image analysis. mRNA expression was analyzed by Nanostring technology and in situ RNA hybridization. Tumor infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) were composed of 61.8% ± 3.1% (mean ± SE) CD3-positive T cells, including 45.2% ± 3.5% of CD4-positive T-helper cells, 23.4% ± 1.5% of CD8-positive cytotoxic T cells, 5.5% ± 0...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29232188/cerebral-germinoma-revealed-through-a-polydipsic-polyuric-syndrome-in-a-10-year-old-girl-case-report
#9
Lierde Van, P Clapuyt, M C Nassogne, Philippe Oriot
Cerebral germinoma is rare. Although the imaging of the germinoma is very evocative, it's very polymorphic clinical expression is at the origin of misguided diagnosis, as illustrated in our case. We report the case of a 10-year-old girl with diabetes insipidus evolving for 12 months associated with a decrease in visual acuity. Brain MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) revealed a tumor process in the suprasellar region. The stereotaxic biopsy of the tumor confirmed the diagnosis of the hypothalamic germinoma, which allowed the patient to be treated by radiotherapy and chemotherapy...
October 26, 2017: Endocrine Regulations
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177595/practice-patterns-and-survival-outcomes-of-intracranial-germinoma-an-analysis-of-the-national-cancer-database
#10
Wei Gang Wang, Hong Ye, Prakash Chinnaiyan
The goal of the study is to examine the practice pattern and survival outcome of adult and pediatric patients with intracranial germinoma. Patients from the National Cancer Database (NCDB) brain tumor registry between the years 2004-2014 with intracranial germinoma were extracted for analysis. Patients who had distant metastasis, received no treatments, or only surgery/chemotherapy alone were excluded. An age cutoff of > 21 years old was used to define the pediatric population. Patients were stratified by the treatments radiation therapy alone (RT) and chemotherapy followed by radiation therapy (C + RT)...
November 25, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128947/t2-based-mr-imaging-gradient-echo-or-susceptibility-weighted-imaging-in-midline-and-off-midline-intracranial-germ-cell-tumors-a-pilot-study
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Giovanni Morana, Cesar Augusto Alves, Domenico Tortora, Jonathan L Finlay, Mariasavina Severino, Paolo Nozza, Marcello Ravegnani, Marco Pavanello, Claudia Milanaccio, Mohamad Maghnie, Andrea Rossi, Maria Luisa Garrè
PURPOSE: The role of T2*-based MR imaging in intracranial germ cell tumors (GCTs) has not been fully elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate the susceptibility-weighted imaging (SWI) or T2* gradient echo (GRE) features of germinomas and non-germinomatous germ cell tumors (NGGCTs) in midline and off-midline locations. METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated all consecutive pediatric patients referred to our institution between 2005 and 2016, for newly diagnosed, treatment-naïve intracranial GCT, who underwent MRI, including T2*-based MR imaging (T2* GRE sequences or SWI)...
November 11, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118528/adult-testicular-cancer-two-decades-of-saudi-national-data
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Mohammed Abomelha
There is a paucity of data regarding testicular cancer among Saudis as well as the nonexistent of published national data. Furthermore, a substantial increase of the incidence of testicular cancer among Saudis was lately noted. The aim of the study is to determine the trends and patterns of testicular cancer among adult Saudis using national data over a period of 20 years. The national database of the Saudi Cancer Registry (SCR) on testicular cancer over the last two decades was studied including epidemiological and histological patterns...
October 2017: Urology Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067503/clinical-features-radiologic-findings-and-treatment-of-pediatric-germ-cell-tumors-involving-the-basal-ganglia-and-thalamus-a-retrospective-series-of-15-cases-at-a-single-center
#13
Mengmeng Wang, Peizhi Zhou, Shizhen Zhang, Xueyou Liu, Liang Lv, Zeming Wang, Feng Ye, Yan Ju, Shu Jiang
PURPOSE: Pediatric germ cell tumors (GCTs) involving the basal ganglia and thalamus are relatively rare neoplasms which have not been extensively described. We here summarize the clinical and radiological features of a series of such tumors and discuss optimal treatment strategies based upon our experience. METHODS: A total of 15 pediatric patients with basal ganglionic and thalamic GCTs were treated between 2011 and 2016 at West China Hospital. Epidemiological characteristics, clinical features, imaging findings, and treatment strategies were reviewed retrospectively...
October 24, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044451/pediatric-intracranial-germinoma-use-chemotherapy-first
#14
Anselm Lee, Timothy Lee, Tuck Loong Yang, Kim Shang Lee
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 31, 2017: Turkish Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29036598/global-dna-methylation-analysis-reveals-mir-214-3p-contributes-to-cisplatin-resistance-in-pediatric-intracranial-nongerminomatous-malignant-germ-cell-tumors
#15
Tsung-Han Hsieh, Yun-Ru Liu, Ting-Yu Chang, Muh-Lii Liang, Hsin-Hung Chen, Hsei-Wei Wang, Yun Yen, Tai-Tong Wong
Background: Pediatric central nervous system germ cell tumors (CNSGCTs) are rare and heterogeneous neoplasms, and they can be divided into germinomas and nongerminomatous GCTs (NGGCTs). NGGCTs are further subdivided into mature teratomas and nongerminomatous malignant GCTs (NGMGCTs). Clinical outcomes suggest that NGMGCTs have poor prognosis and survival, and that they require more extensive radiotherapy and adjuvant chemotherapy. However, the mechanisms underlying this difference are still unclear...
October 3, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29026272/incidence-of-diabetes-mellitus-and-neoplasia-in-japanese-short-statured-children-treated-with-growth-hormone-in-the-genetics-and-neuroendocrinology-of-short-stature-international-study-genesis
#16
Susumu Yokoya, Tomonobu Hasegawa, Keiichi Ozono, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Susumu Kanzaki, Toshiaki Tanaka, Kazuo Chihara, Nan Jia, Christopher J Child, Katsuichiro Ihara, Jumpei Funai, Noriyuki Iwamoto, Yoshiki Seino
The primary goal of the Genetics and Neuroendocrinology of Short Stature International Study (GeNeSIS) was to assess the safety and effectiveness of Humatrope(®), a GH preparation, in the treatment of pediatric patients with short stature. We report our findings in the GH-treated Japanese pediatric population focusing on the incidence of type 2 diabetes (T2D) and occurrence of neoplasms. A total of 2,345 Japanese patients were assessed for safety. During a mean observation period of 3.2 yr, T2D occurred in 3 patients (0...
2017: Clinical Pediatric Endocrinology: Case Reports and Clinical Investigations: Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Pediatric Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28946146/third-ventricle-germ-cell-tumor-originating-from-the-infundibulum-with-rapidly-expansive-enlargement
#17
Yuichiro Yoneoka, Junichi Yoshimura, Masakazu Sano, Masayasu Okada, Akiyoshi Kakita, Yukihiko Fujii
We present a pediatric case of a rapidly expanding third ventricle germ cell tumor (GCT). A 14-year-old boy suffered from gradual-onset central diabetes insipidus (DI) and received desmopressin treatment. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed nonspecific findings of the pituitary-hypothalamic axis. Nine months after the initial DI diagnosis, he developed progressively worsening headache. MRI demonstrated a third ventricle tumor causing noncommunicating hydrocephalus, although an MRI 16 weeks before admission did not show the lesion...
September 26, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942513/loco-regional-extensions-of-central-nervous-system-germ-cell-tumors-a-retrospective-radiological-analysis-of-100-patients
#18
Loïc Duron, Flavie Sadones, Philippe Thiesse, Cécile Cellier, Claire Alapetite, François Doz, Didier Frappaz, Hervé J Brisse
PURPOSE: The current staging system of central nervous system (CNS) germ cell tumors (GCT) includes a binary classification in "localized" or "metastatic" disease based on the absence or presence of leptomeningeal dissemination. Loco-regional tumor dissemination has been barely described whereas its accurate definition might be useful in terms of prognosis and treatment, especially for radiation therapy planning. Our purpose was therefore to describe MR patterns and prevalence of loco-regional extensions of these tumors...
September 23, 2017: Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919233/craniospinal-germinomas-in-a-patient-with-down-syndrome-successfully-treated-with-standard-dose-chemotherapy-and-craniospinal-irradiation-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#19
Yohei Miyake, Jun-Ichi Adachi, Tomonari Suzuki, Kazuhiko Mishima, Atsushi Sasaki, Ryo Nishikawa
BACKGROUND: Patients with Down syndrome (DS) are more likely to develop chemotherapy-related complications. The standard treatment for these patients with cancers has not yet been established, and the risks of standard chemotherapy are unclear. In this paper, a rare case of multiple craniospinal germinomas in a patient with DS, which was successfully treated with standard-dose chemotherapy combined with craniospinal irradiation is reported. CASE DESCRIPTION: The authors report a case of multiple craniospinal germinomas in a DS patient who presented with bilateral oculomotor and facial nerve palsy and hearing loss...
September 12, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28888750/primary-mediastinal-pure-seminomatous-germ-cell-tumor-germinoma-as-a-rare-cause-of-precocious-puberty-in-a-9-year-old-patient
#20
Alejandra Bravo-Balado, Lynda Torres Castellanos, Adriana Carrillo Rodríguez, Daniel Gómez Zapata, Juan Javier Lammoglia Hoyos, Rafael Andrade, Jaime Pérez Niño
Less than 5%-7% of germ cell tumors are extragonadal, with the central nervous system being the most common location in children, followed by retroperitoneum and mediastinum. Only 10% of mediastinal tumors are malignant and one-third of these are pure seminomas (germinomas). We report the case of a 9-year-old boy with development of secondary sexual characteristics. Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin was elevated and a mediastinal mass was found. Final histology showed a pure seminomatous germ cell tumor. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a boy with precocious puberty secondary to a mediastinal germinoma...
September 6, 2017: Urology
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