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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708330/mortality-in-children-with-low-grade-glioma-or-glioneuronal-tumors-a-single-institution-study
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Santhosh A Upadhyaya, Yahya Ghazwani, Shengjie Wu, Alberto Broniscer, Fredrick A Boop, Amar Gajjar, Ibrahim Qaddoumi
BACKGROUND: While pediatric low-grade glioma/glioneuronal tumors (LGG/LGGNTs) are considered slow-growing, indolent tumors with excellent long-term prognosis, mortality due to the disease is not unknown. Few studies have addressed the cause of death in this population. METHODS: Retrospective review of clinicopathologic and radiologic data for children 21 years or younger with LGG/LGGNT who died at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital between April 1985 and June 2015...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690017/diagnosis-and-treatment-for-pure-aqueductal-tumor
#2
Ryota Tamura, Tomoru Miwa, Takayuki Ohira, Kazunari Yoshida
Pure aqueductal tumor (PAT) typically originates from pure aqueductal region and is extremely rare. It is radiographically similar to tectal glioma. We examined two patients with PATs who were diagnosed with pilocytic astrocytoma and rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor. Both cases showed a progressive clinical course. It is important to distinguish between PAT and tectal glioma by radiographic imaging because the treatment strategy is different. While observation is common for tectal gliomas, a biopsy is recommended at the same time of endoscopic third ventriculostomy for PAT with hydrocephalus...
July 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687692/diencephalic-syndrome-a-rare-cause-of-failure-to-thrive
#3
Mustafa Tosur, Anca Tomsa, David L Paul
Timely diagnosis of diencephalic syndrome is not often the case for patients presenting with failure to thrive (FTT) because of its rarity and lack of specific symptoms. Herein, we report two cases of diencephalic syndrome (2-year-old girl and 10-month-old boy) presenting with severe emaciation. Both patients had histories of poor weight gain for months despite having good appetites prior to diagnosis. Initial work-up did not reveal the diagnosis. Horizontal nystagmus was noted in both patients: by a neurologist in the first patient and by a family member in the second patient...
July 6, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686121/surgical-and-molecular-considerations-in-the-treatment-of-pediatric-thalamopeduncular-tumors
#4
Ryan P Lee, Kimberly A Foster, Jock C Lillard, Paul Klimo, David W Ellison, Brent Orr, Frederick A Boop
OBJECTIVE Thalamopeduncular tumors are a group of pediatric low-grade gliomas that arise at the interface of the thalamus and brainstem peduncle. They typically occur within the first 2 decades of life, presenting with progressive spastic hemiparesis. Treatment strategies, including surgical intervention, have varied significantly. The authors present their experience in the treatment of 13 children, ages 2-15 years, with non-neurofibromatosis-related pilocytic astrocytomas located in the thalamopeduncular region...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28680735/pilocytic-astrocytoma-a-rare-presentation-as-intraventricular-tumor
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Sidra Sattar, Naveed Z Akhunzada, Gohar Javed, Zeeshan Uddin, Yasir A Khan
BACKGROUND: Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most prevalent central nervous system (CNS) tumor in pediatric population and accounts for an approximate of 5-6% of all gliomas. This neoplasm can occur at all levels of the neuraxis, with majority (67%) arising in the cerebellum and optic pathway. PAs are World Health Organization Grade I tumors and are the most benign of all astrocytomas characterized by an excellent prognosis. Other differentials include subependymal giant cell astrocytoma (SEGA), ependymoma, meningioma, and low-grade gliomas such as pilocytic or diffuse astrocytoma; calcification is more commonly regarded as a feature of benign or slow-growing tumors...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674742/characterization-of-gliomas-from-morphology-to-molecules
#6
Sean P Ferris, Jeffrey W Hofmann, David A Solomon, Arie Perry
This article reviews the histologic and molecular characterization of gliomas, including the new "integrated diagnoses" of the World Health Organization Classification, 2016 edition. The entities reviewed within include diffuse gliomas (astrocytoma, oligodendroglioma, glioblastoma), as well as circumscribed and low-grade gliomas (angiocentric glioma, pilocytic astrocytoma, subependymal giant cell astrocytoma, pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, pilomyxoid astrocytoma, ependymoma, myxopapillary ependymoma, and subependymoma)...
July 4, 2017: Virchows Archiv: An International Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674731/tractography-guides-the-approach-for-resection-of-thalamopeduncular-tumors
#7
Ryan Foley, Frederick Boop
BACKGROUND: Thalamopeduncular tumors arise at the junction of the inferior thalamus and cerebral peduncle, and present with a common clinical syndrome of progressive spastic hemiparesis. METHOD: Formal preoperative magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) were performed. Postoperative MRI was obtained to evaluate the extent of tumor resection. A prospective analysis of clinical outcomes was then conducted by the senior author. CONCLUSIONS: Preoperative tractography is a useful adjunct to surgical planning in tumors that displace motor pathways...
July 3, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28658822/recurrent-optic-nerve-pilocytic-astrocytoma-a-rare-case
#8
Sudha Girish Menon, Vuppalapati Nishant Janardhana Raju, Sulatha V Bhandary, Krishna Rao Addoor
Pilocytic astrocytoma is a low grade glioma that affects mostly children and young adults and can occur anywhere in the central nervous system. Pilocytic astrocytoma of the optic nerve is an equally indolent subtype that is often associated with Neurofibromatosis Type I (NFI). A 40-year-old male presented with left sided axial proptosis and exposure keratopathy. MRI revealed a mass in left proximal orbit, extending posteriorly abutting the chiasma and the right optic nerve on MRI. Enucleation of the left eye along with near total excision of intracranial part of the mass was performed...
May 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620004/cancer-and-central-nervous-system-tumor-surveillance-in-pediatric-neurofibromatosis-1
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D Gareth R Evans, Hector Salvador, Vivian Y Chang, Ayelet Erez, Stephan D Voss, Kami Wolfe Schneider, Hamish S Scott, Sharon E Plon, Uri Tabori
Although the neurofibromatoses consist of at least three autosomal dominantly inherited disorders, neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1), neurofibromatosis 2 (NF2), and schwannomatosis, NF1 represents a multisystem pleiotropic condition very different from the other two. NF1 is a genetic syndrome first manifesting in childhood; affecting multiple organs, childhood development, and neurocognitive status; and presenting the clinician with often complex management decisions that require a multidisciplinary approach. Molecular genetic testing (see article for detailed discussion) is recommended to confirm NF1, particularly in children fulfilling only pigmentary features of the diagnostic criteria...
June 15, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607819/mtor-activation-is-increased-in-pilocytic-astrocytomas-from-older-adults-compared-with-children
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Mahlon D Johnson, Mary O'Connell, Kevin Walter, Howard Silberstein
BACKGROUND: Recent studies suggest that the behavior and biology of WHO grade I pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) in adults is different than that associated with grade I PAs in children. METHODS: We evaluated Ki-67 labeling, BRAF abnormalities, isocitrate dehydrogenase R132 immunoreactivity phosphorylation (activation) of p44/42 mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK), and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) in formalin-fixed tissue from 21 adult (18 years or older, mean age 37 years) and 10 children (mean age 9...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571159/anaplastic-pleomorphic-xanthoastrocytoma-in-a-case-of-neurofibromatosis-type-1-a-case-report
#11
K Thara, Reetika Sharma, G Thiagarajan, Anita Ramdas, Renu Gboy Varghese
Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) is a rare brain tumour comprising only <1% of primary brain tumours which is seen in children and young adults. Only 9-20% of the PXA shows anaplastic features and this has a bad prognosis. PXA is a WHO grade II tumour while anaplastic PXA is a WHO grade III tumour. Neurofibromatosis type 1(NF1), which is an autosomal dominant condition, predisposes to tumours of the central nervous system; most of which are pilocytic astrocytomas. Association of PXA with NF1 is very rare and only a very few cases have been reported...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28567590/evaluation-of-outcomes-after-stereotactic-radiosurgery-for-pilocytic-astrocytoma
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Daniel M Trifiletti, M Sean Peach, Zhiyuan Xu, Ronald Kersh, Timothy N Showalter, Jason P Sheehan
Pilocytic astrocytomas are rare intracranial gliomas that are typically treated with surgical extirpation. Our aim was to report the radiologic and clinical outcomes of patients treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) for pilocytic astrocytoma in the primary and salvage setting. Patients with pilocytic astrocytoma treated at a single institution with SRS from 1990 to 2015 were reviewed. Patient, disease, and treatment characteristics were collected and overall survival, local control, and toxicity were evaluated...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550357/apparent-diffusion-coefficient-in-differentiation-of-pediatric-posterior-fossa-tumors
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Soubhi Zitouni, Gonca Koc, Selim Doganay, Sibel Saracoglu, Kazim Z Gumus, Saliha Ciraci, Abdulhakim Coskun, Ekrem Unal, Huseyin Per, Ali Kurtsoy, Olgun Kontas
PURPOSE: To investigate the contribution of preoperative apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values in the differential diagnosis of pediatric posterior fossa tumors. METHODS: Forty-two pediatric patients (mean age 7.76 ± 4.58 years) with intra-axial tumors in the infra-tentorial region underwent magnetic resonance imaging. ADC measurement was performed using regions of interest, obtained from the solid component of the mass lesions. ADC ratios were calculated by dividing the ADC values from the mass lesions by the ADC values from normal cerebellar parenchyma...
May 26, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535583/molecular-testing-of-brain-tumor
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REVIEW
Sung-Hye Park, Jaekyung Won, Seong-Ik Kim, Yujin Lee, Chul-Kee Park, Seung-Ki Kim, Seung-Hong Choi
The World Health Organization (WHO) classification of central nervous system (CNS) tumors was revised in 2016 with a basis on the integrated diagnosis of molecular genetics. We herein provide the guidelines for using molecular genetic tests in routine pathological practice for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate management. While astrocytomas and IDH-mutant (secondary) glioblastomas are characterized by the mutational status of IDH, TP53 , and ATRX , oligodendrogliomas have a 1p/19q codeletion and mutations in IDH, CIC , FUBP1 , and the promoter region of telomerase reverse transcriptase ( TERTp )...
May 2017: Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534154/chemoradiation-impairs-normal-developmental-cortical-thinning-in-medulloblastoma
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Palak Kundu, Matthew D Li, Ben Y Durkee, Susan M Hiniker, Karl Bush, Rie von Eyben, Michelle L Monje, Kristen W Yeom, Sarah S Donaldson, Iris C Gibbs
Medulloblastoma patients are treated with surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. Radiation dose to the temporal lobe may be associated with neurocognitive sequelae. Longitudinal changes of temporal lobe cortical thickness may result from neurodevelopmental processes such as synaptic pruning. This study applies longitudinal image analysis to compare developmental change in cortical thickness in medulloblastoma (MB) patients who were treated by combined modality therapy to that of cerebellar juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA) patients who were treated by surgery alone...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527006/analysis-of-surgical-and-mri-factors-associated-with-cerebellar-mutism
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Anjali Sergeant, Michelle Masayo Kameda-Smith, Branavan Manoranjan, Brij Karmur, JoAnn Duckworth, Tina Petrelli, Katey Savage, Olufemi Ajani, Blake Yarascavitch, M Constantine Samaan, Katrin Scheinemann, Cheryl Alyman, Saleh Almenawer, Forough Farrokhyar, Adam J Fleming, Sheila Kumari Singh, Nina Stein
The surgical risk factors and neuro-imaging characteristics associated with cerebellar mutism (CM) remain unclear and require further investigation. Therefore, we aimed to examine surgical and MRI findings associated with CM in children following posterior fossa tumor resection. Using our data registry, we retrospectively collected data from pediatric patients who acquired CM and were matched based on age and pathology type with individuals who did not acquire CM after posterior fossa surgery. The strength of association between surgical and MRI variables and CM were examined using odds ratios (ORs) and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs)...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495088/fluorescence-guided-resection-with-5-aminolevulinic-acid-of-a-pilomyxoid-astrocytoma-of-the-third-ventricle
#17
Luis Miguel Bernal García, Jose Manuel Cabezudo Artero, Rafael García Moreno, Maria Bella Marcelo Zamorano, Carlos Mayoral Guisado
Fluorescence-guided resection with 5-aminolevulinic acid has been shown to be useful in the resection of certain brain tumors other than high grade gliomas, facilitating the intraoperative differentiation of neoplastic tissue. The technique enables the surgeon to ensure that no tumor fragments remain, thereby achieving higher rates of complete resection. Tihan first described pilomyxoid astrocytomas in 1999. They are currently classified as grade II astrocytoma according to the WHO classification system and, because of their tendency to recur and their dissemination through the cerebrospinal fluid pathways, they are considered to be more aggressive than pilocytic astrocytoma...
May 8, 2017: Neurocirugía
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484537/dorsally-exophytic-glioblastoma-arising-from-the-medulla-oblongata-in-an-adult-presenting-as-4-th-ventricular-mass
#18
Kuntal Kanti Das, Guru Prasad Bettaswamy, Anant Mehrotra, Sushila Jaiswal, Awadhesh Kumar Jaiswal, Sanjay Behari
Brainstem gliomas are relatively rare in adults (<2% of all gliomas). Exophytic gliomas are focal brainstem lesions, which project into the 4(th) ventricle or cerebellopontine angles. These exophytic lesions are usually of low-grade histology (pilocytic astrocytoma or ganglioglioma) and have a relatively better outcome compared with brainstem gliomas as a whole. Glioblastoma is the commonest primary glial cell neoplasm and mostly occurs in the supratentorial compartment. It is rather uncommon in the brainstem and seldom has been described as having an exophytic growth pattern...
April 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484535/hydrocephalus-associated-with-spinal-intramedullary-pilocytic-astrocytoma
#19
Sumit Bansal, Sachin A Borkar, Ashok K Mahapatra
Hydrocephalus secondary to intraspinal tumors is a well-known but rare condition. We report a case of holocord intramedullary pilocytic astrocytoma associated with hydrocephalus in a 29-year-old male patient. He underwent ventriculoperitoneal shunt followed by subtotal resection of the tumor.
April 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478813/exophytic-bulbar-pilocytic-astrocytoma-and-post-operative-cerebral-salt-wasting-syndrome
#20
P O Champagne, A Sajadi, C Huot, M Traistaru, C Mercier, A G Weil, L Crevier
Cerebral salt wasting syndrome (CSWS) is a well-described consequence of several neurological disorders. Although the exact etiology of CSWS is still not completely elucidated, it is believed that the hypothalamus plays a pivotal role in the genesis of this disorder. We report for the first time 3 cases of CSWS occurring during the post-operative course following surgical resection of exophytic bulbar pilocytic astrocytomas in children. Since these 3 cases shared in common a medial implication of the medulla, we suggest that specific interconnectivity between the dorso-medial portion of the medulla oblongata and the hypothalamus might thus represent an anatomical pathway of interest in the pathogenesis of CSWS...
May 2017: Medical Hypotheses
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