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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770223/profound-hearing-loss-following-surgery-in-pediatric-patients-with-posterior-fossa-low-grade-glioma
#1
Yahya Ghazwani, Ibrahim Qaddoumi, Johnnie K Bass, Shengjie Wu, Jason Chiang, Frederick Boop, Amar Gajjar, Zsila Sadighi
Background: Hearing loss may occur in patients with posterior fossa low-grade glioma who undergo surgery. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed 217 patients with posterior fossa low-grade glioma, including 115 for whom results of hearing tests performed after surgery and before chemotherapy or radiation therapy were available. We explored the association of UHL with age at diagnosis, sex, race, tumor location, extent of resection, posterior fossa syndrome, ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement, and histology...
May 2018: Neuro-oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768357/dysembryoplastic-neuroepithelial-tumor-like-pilocytic-astrocytoma-a-case-report
#2
Jia-Ming Liao, Wei Wang, Jing Xie, Hai-Bo Wu
RATIONALE: Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) typically shows biphasic pattern with a mixture of loose microcystic and compact regions, in which it is not uncommon to see heterogeneous morphology. However, there has not been reported in the literatures of the PA type that shows similarity to dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT) in both histological morphology and immunophenotype. PATIENT CONCERNS: The present study described a case of PA affecting the right temporal-occipital lobe in a 22-year-old male patient...
May 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755278/orbital-tumor-associated-with-a-microphthalmic-eye-and-colobomatous-cleft-pilocytic-astrocytoma-glioma-or-massive-retinal-gliosis
#3
Rita Van Ginderdeuren, Rafael Sciot, Ilse Mombaerts
A 11-year-old boy with congenital microphthalmos of the right eye presented with gradual protrusion of his ocular prosthesis. MRI showed an orbital mass adjacent to the microphthalmic eye. After removal of the eye and the orbital soft tissue mass a gliotic mass, resembling a pilocytic astrocytoma WHO grade 1 (glioma) was diagnosed. Through a colobomatous cleft in the eye the tumour spread in the orbit. There were no clinical signs of neurofibromatosis 1. This case showed a very rare association between a microphthalmic and colobomatous eye and pilocytic astrocytoma, grade 1...
January 2018: Saudi Journal of Ophthalmology: Official Journal of the Saudi Ophthalmological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745267/pilocytic-astrocytoma-with-spontaneous-malignant-transformation-with-intracranial-and-skeletal-dissemination-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#4
Subhas K Konar, B N Nandeesh, M Sandhya, N Chandana, B Indira Devi, Dhananjaya I Bhat
Pilocytic astrocytoma is a benign low-grade tumor with a favorable prognosis. We present a 47-year-old- lady with a posterior fossa pilocytic astrocytoma who underwent surgical decompression. She developed multiple early local recurrences Along with malignant transformation of the cranial lesion she developed skeletal dissemination within a very short time frame. There were no features or family history of neurofibromatosis 1. She did not receive radiotherapy or chemotherapy prior to the recurrences.
May 10, 2018: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29718398/targetable-gene-fusions-associate-with-the-idh-wild-type-astrocytic-lineage-in-adult-gliomas
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Sherise D Ferguson, Shouhao Zhou, Jason T Huse, John F de Groot, Joanne Xiu, Deepa S Subramaniam, Shwetal Mehta, Zoran Gatalica, Jeffrey Swensen, Nader Sanai, David Spetzler, Amy B Heimberger
Gene fusions involving oncogenes have been reported in gliomas and may serve as novel therapeutic targets. Using RNA-sequencing, we interrogated a large cohort of gliomas to assess for the incidence of targetable genetic fusions. Gliomas (n = 390) were profiled using the ArcherDx FusionPlex Assay. Fifty-two gene targets were analyzed and fusions with preserved kinase domains were investigated. Overall, 36 gliomas (9%) harbored a total of 37 potentially targetable fusions, the majority of which were found in astrocytomas (n = 34)...
April 27, 2018: Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29717569/intermediate-pilomyxoid-astrocytoma-in-the-cerebellum-of-a-5-year-old-boy
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Jin Sang Kil, Kyung Hwa Lee, Ki Seong Eom, Tae Young Kim
Intermediate pilomyxoid tumors (IPTs) were defined by the presence of some features typical of pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PMA) in combination with features that could be considered more consistent with pilocytic astrocytoma (PA). PMA is rare in the cerebellum. And, IPT in the cerebellum is rarer than PMA. To our knowledge, only 2 reports have described IPT in the cerebellum. A 5-year-old boy had nausea and vomiting. Computed tomography revealed a large, round, low-density tumor in the cerebellar vermis area. On enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), the tumor showed inhomogeneous diffuse enhancement; the central portion showed homogenous enhancement, while the peripheral portion showed inhomogeneous enhancement...
April 2018: Brain Tumor Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29697883/variation-of-t-2-relaxation-times-in-pediatric-brain-tumors-and-their-effect-on-metabolite-quantification
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Dominic Carlin, Ben Babourina-Brooks, Nigel P Davies, Martin Wilson, Andrew C Peet
BACKGROUND: Metabolite concentrations are fundamental biomarkers of disease and prognosis. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) is a noninvasive method for measuring metabolite concentrations; however, quantitation is affected by T2 relaxation. PURPOSE: To estimate T2 relaxation times in pediatric brain tumors and assess how variation in T2 relaxation affects metabolite quantification. STUDY TYPE: Retrospective. POPULATION: Twenty-seven pediatric brain tumor patients (n = 17 pilocytic astrocytoma and n = 10 medulloblastoma) and 24 age-matched normal controls...
April 26, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29683947/encephalocraniocutaneous-lipomatosis
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Abhishek Bavle, Rikin Shah, Naina Gross, Theresa Gavula, Alejandro Ruiz-Elizalde, Klaas Wierenga, Rene McNall-Knapp
A 5-year-old boy presented with worsening headaches for 3 months. On examination, he was found to have a hairless fatty tissue nevus of the scalp (nevus psiloliparus), subcutaneous soft tissue masses on the right side of his face, neck, mandible and right buttock and epibulbar dermoid of the right eye (choristoma) (Figs. 1A, B). Magnetic resonance imaging revealed a large suprasellar mass, which was debulked and found to be a pilocytic astrocytoma. Testing was not performed for the BRAF/KIAA1549 fusion or BRAFV600E mutation...
April 20, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29673614/lacunar-stroke-cavernous-angioma-and-fusiform-aneurysm-due-to-irradiation-for-pilocytic-astrocytoma-a-case-report
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Maruyama Kunitaka, Takuya Akai, Naoki Akioka, Takahiro Tomita, Shoichi Nagai, Satoshi Kuroda
Radiotherapy is a useful modality for the treatment of brain tumors, but may induce brain degeneration, tumor formation, and vasculopathy in the irradiated field. We describe a rare case of a pediatric patient who presented multiple different types of vascular events consecutively in the irradiated field including lacunar stroke because of occlusion of perforating artery, intraventricular hemorrhage from cavernoma, and subarachnoid hemorrhage because of the rupture of fusiform aneurysm, 6 years after radiotherapy against pilocytic astrocytoma...
April 16, 2018: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29629823/durable-response-to-bevacizumab-in-adults-with-recurrent-pilocytic-astrocytoma
#10
Andrea Wasilewski, Nimish Mohile
BACKGROUND: Adult pilocytic astrocytomas are rare and highly vascular tumors. AIM: We hypothesized that they may be uniquely responsive to bevacizumab (BEV). PATIENTS: We present four adult patients with pathologically diagnosed WHO grade I pilocytic astrocytoma who had robust and durable responses to BEV at time of recurrence. Three patients developed radiographic changes on MRI, consistent with progressive disease based on response assessment in neuro-oncology criteria...
April 9, 2018: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29624145/surgical-decision-making-in-the-management-of-childhood-tumors-of-the-cns-disseminated-at-presentation
#11
Matthew A Kirkman, Richard Hayward, Kim Phipps, Kristian Aquilina
OBJECTIVE It is relatively unusual for pediatric CNS tumors to be disseminated at presentation, and the literature on the clinical features, management, and outcomes of this specific group is scarce. Surgical management in this population is often challenging, particularly in the presence of hydrocephalus. The authors present their recent experience of treating pediatric CNS tumors that were disseminated at presentation, and they compare these lesions with focal tumors. METHODS The authors performed a retrospective review of prospectively collected data on children presenting to a tertiary center between 2003 and 2016 inclusive...
April 6, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29617945/intracranial-neoplasms-in-the-first-year-of-life-results-of-a-third-cohort-of-patients-from-a-single-institution
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Sebastian M Toescu, Gregory James, Kim Phipps, Owase Jeelani, Dominic Thompson, Richard Hayward, Kristian Aquilina
BACKGROUND: Brain tumors in the first year of life are rare and their management remains challenging. OBJECTIVE: To report on the contemporary management of brain tumors in infants with reference to previous series from our institution. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study design. Electronic/paper case note review of all brain tumors diagnosed at our institution in children aged <1 yr since the publication of our previous series. RESULTS: Ninety-eight patients were seen...
April 3, 2018: Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29610389/-fgfr1-tyrosine-kinase-domain-duplication-in-pilocytic-astrocytoma-with-anaplasia
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Leomar Y Ballester, Marta Penas-Prado, Norman E Leeds, Jason T Huse, Gregory N Fuller
We report the case of a 27-yr-old male with visual field loss who had a 4.9-cm complex cystic mass in the right occipital lobe. Histologic examination showed pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) with anaplasia, and molecular characterization revealed FGFR1 duplication with additional variants of unknown significance in several genes ( ARID1A, ARID1B, CHEK2, EPHA5, and MLL2 ). This is one of only a very few reported cases of anaplastic PA with characterization of molecular alterations.
April 2018: Cold Spring Harbor Molecular Case Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29609087/the-tonsillouvular-fissure-approach-access-to-dorsal-and-lateral-aspects-of-the-fourth-ventricle
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Ilhan Aydin, Sahin Hanalioglu, Halil Olgun Peker, Yahya Turan, Hakan Kina, Ulas Cikla, Mustafa K Baskaya
OBJECTIVE: Although approaches to the fourth ventricle (FV) have been studied well, approaches to the lesions located in the dorsal and lateral aspects of the FV have not been demonstrated in anatomical or clinical studies. The aim of present study is to demonstrate the tonsillouvular fissure approach (TUFA) in anatomical dissections and its utilization in surgical series for the first time in the literature. METHODS: For anatomical studies, four formalin-fixed human cadaveric heads infused with colored silicone and ten cerebellar specimens were dissected in a stepwise manner...
March 30, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29595124/absence-of-1p-19q-codeletion-in-oligodendroglioma-like-areas-of-pilocytic-astrocytomas
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Beth Frazer, Hugh Kearney, Jane Cryan, Alan Beausang, Francesca Brett, Michael A Farrell, Patrick G Buckley
The presence of oligodendroglioma-like areas in pilocytic astrocytoma may give rise to pathologic diagnostic uncertainty. This study aims to determine if the oligodendroglioma-like areas present in some pilocytic astrocytomas (PA) possess the signature 1p/19q codeletion that is characteristic of classical oligodendroglioma. Array comparative genomic hybridization was carried out on 12 PA samples, from which oligodendroglioma-like areas were microdissected and used as the template DNA source. 1p/19q codeletions were not found in any of the oligodendroglioma areas in PAs...
March 29, 2018: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29581022/neuro-endoscopic-cylinder-surgery-and-5-aminolevulinic-acid-5-ala-photodynamic-diagnosis-of-deep-seated-intracranial-lesions
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Jungsu Choo, Kazuhito Takeuchi, Yuichi Nagata, Fumiharu Ohka, Yugo Kishida, Tadashi Watanabe, Yusuke Satoh, Tetsuya Nagatani, Kyozo Kato, Toshihiko Wakabayashi, Atsushi Natsume
BACKGROUND: Microscopic detection of intracranial brain tumors with 5-aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) has proven extremely useful, and reports the use of 5-ALA have recently increased. However, few reports have described 5-ALA photodynamic diagnosis (PDD) using a neuro-endoscope. We performed neuro-endoscopic 5-ALA PDD for various brain lesions and present a procedure using only a neuro-endoscope. METHODS: We describe the diagnosis of 20 intracranial brain lesion cases with a 5-ALA-guided fluorescence endoscope...
March 23, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29571083/expression-based-intrinsic-glioma-subtypes-are-prognostic-in-low-grade-gliomas-of-the-eortc22033-26033-clinical-trial
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Y Gao, B Weenink, M J van den Bent, L Erdem-Eraslan, J M Kros, Pae Sillevis Smitt, K Hoang-Xuan, A A Brandes, M Vos, F Dhermain, R Enting, G F Ryan, O Chinot, M Ben Hassel, M E van Linde, W P Mason, J M M Gijtenbeek, C Balana, A von Deimling, Th Gorlia, R Stupp, M E Hegi, B G Baumert, P J French
INTRODUCTION: The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) 22033-26033 clinical trial (NCT00182819) investigated whether initial temozolomide (TMZ) chemotherapy confers survival advantage compared with radiotherapy (RT) in low-grade glioma (LGG) patients. In this study, we performed gene expression profiling on tissues from this trial to identify markers associated with progression-free survival (PFS) and treatment response. METHODS: Gene expression profiling, performed on 195 samples, was used to assign tumours to one of six intrinsic glioma subtypes (IGSs; molecularly similar tumours as previously defined using unsupervised expression analysis) and to determine the composition of immune infiltrate...
March 20, 2018: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29569086/pediatric-cerebellar-pilocytic-astrocytoma-presenting-with-spontaneous-intratumoral-hemorrhage
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Carmine Antonio Donofrio, Filippo Gagliardi, Marcella Callea, Camillo Ferrari da Passano, Maria Rosa Terreni, Andrea Cavalli, Alfio Spina, Stefania Acerno, Michele Bailo, Samer K Elbabaa, Pietro Mortini
Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) are benign glial tumors and one of the most common childhood posterior fossa tumors. Spontaneous intratumoral hemorrhage in PAs occurs occasionally, in about 8-20% of cases. Cerebellar hemorrhages in pediatric population are rare and mainly due to head injuries, rupture of vascular malformations, infections, or hematological diseases. We have investigated the still controversial and unclear pathophysiology underlying intratumoral hemorrhage in PAs. Bleeding in low-grade tumors might be related to structural abnormalities and specific angio-architecture of tumor vessels, such as degenerative mural hyalinization, "glomeruloid" endothelial proliferation, presence of encased micro-aneurysms, and glioma-induced neoangiogenesis...
March 22, 2018: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29568396/integrated-dna-methylation-analysis-identifies-topographical-and-tumoral-biomarkers-in-pilocytic-astrocytomas
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Manila Antonelli, Antonio Fadda, Eleonora Loi, Loredana Moi, Cesare Zavattari, Pia Sulas, Davide Gentilini, Cinzia Cameli, Elena Bacchelli, Manuela Badiali, Antonella Arcella, Isabella Morra, Felice Giangaspero, Patrizia Zavattari
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common glioma in pediatric patients and occurs in different locations. Chromosomal alterations are mostly located at chromosome 7q34 comprising the BRAF oncogene with consequent activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway. Although genetic and epigenetic alterations characterizing PA from different localizations have been reported, the role of epigenetic alterations in PA development is still not clear. The aim of this study was to investigate whether distinctive methylation patterns may define biologically relevant groups of PAs...
March 2, 2018: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29564591/anaplastic-astrocytoma-with-piloid-features-a-novel-molecular-class-of-idh-wildtype-glioma-with-recurrent-mapk-pathway-cdkn2a-b-and-atrx-alterations
#20
Annekathrin Reinhardt, Damian Stichel, Daniel Schrimpf, Felix Sahm, Andrey Korshunov, David E Reuss, Christian Koelsche, Kristin Huang, Annika K Wefers, Volker Hovestadt, Martin Sill, Dorothee Gramatzki, Joerg Felsberg, Guido Reifenberger, Arend Koch, Ulrich-W Thomale, Albert Becker, Volkmar H Hans, Marco Prinz, Ori Staszewski, Till Acker, Hildegard Dohmen, Christian Hartmann, Wolf Mueller, Muin S A Tuffaha, Werner Paulus, Katharina Heß, Benjamin Brokinkel, Jens Schittenhelm, Camelia-Maria Monoranu, Almuth Friederike Kessler, Mario Loehr, Rolf Buslei, Martina Deckert, Christian Mawrin, Patricia Kohlhof, Ekkehard Hewer, Adriana Olar, Fausto J Rodriguez, Caterina Giannini, Amulya A NageswaraRao, Uri Tabori, Nuno Miguel Nunes, Michael Weller, Ute Pohl, Zane Jaunmuktane, Sebastian Brandner, Andreas Unterberg, Daniel Hänggi, Michael Platten, Stefan M Pfister, Wolfgang Wick, Christel Herold-Mende, David T W Jones, Andreas von Deimling, David Capper
Tumors with histological features of pilocytic astrocytoma (PA), but with increased mitotic activity and additional high-grade features (particularly microvascular proliferation and palisading necrosis) have often been designated anaplastic pilocytic astrocytomas. The status of these tumors as a separate entity has not yet been conclusively demonstrated and molecular features have only been partially characterized. We performed DNA methylation profiling of 102 histologically defined anaplastic pilocytic astrocytomas...
March 21, 2018: Acta Neuropathologica
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