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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29278012/pilocytic-astrocytoma-of-the-cerebellopontine-angle-mimicking-vestibular-schwannoma-report-of-a-rare-entity
#1
Gautam Dutta, Daljit Singh, Hukum Singh, Deepashu Sachdeva, Vikas Kumar, Ashutosh Chaturvedi
We present a rare case of a 55-yr old patient of pilocytic astrocytoma of the cerebello-pontine angle mimicking a vestibular schwannoma. The tumor protruded into the porus acusticus causing enlargement of the internal auditory meatus, which is quite an unusual feature of glial tumours.
December 26, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234572/resection-of-a-pediatric-thalamic-juvenile-pilocytic-astrocytoma-with-whole-brain-tractography
#2
Howard L Weiner, Dimitris G Placantonakis
The resection of deep-seated brain tumors has been associated with morbidity due to injury to critical neural structures during the approach. Recent technological advancements in navigation and stereotaxy, surgical planning, brain tractography and minimal-access brain ports present the opportunity to overcome such limitations. Here, we present the case of a pediatric patient with a left thalamic/midbrain juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA). The tumor displaced the corticospinal fibers posteriorly and resulted in hemiparesis...
October 11, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203315/long-term-remission-of-recurrent-brainstem-pilocytic-astrocytoma-with-neuraxis-dissemination-using-recombinant-human-endostatin-after-failure-of-vincristine-and-carboplatin-a-case-report
#3
Jing-Jing Ge, Cheng Li, Jun-Ping Zhang
BACKGROUND: There is no standard salvage treatment for recurrent and/or unresectable brainstem low-grade gliomas after failure from carboplatin and vincristine chemotherapy. Recombinant human endostatin (rh-ES), a mild inhibitor of angiogenesis, has been used for treating lung cancer. But so far as we know, there is no experience for brainstem gliomas. CASE DESCRIPTION: The authors present a pediatric case of recurrent brainstem pilocytic astrocytoma with neuraxis dissemination experienced tumor progression with carboplatin and vincristine chemotherapy, but got a dramatic and long-term remission for at least 29 months after combined treatment of rh-ES with carboplatin and vincristine...
December 1, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188366/pre-operative-neutrophil-count-and-neutrophil-lymphocyte-count-ratio-nlcr-in-predicting-the-histological-grade-of-paediatric-brain-tumours-a-preliminary-study
#4
J R F Wilson, F Saeed, A K Tyagi, J R Goodden, G Sivakumar, D Crimmins, M Elliott, S Picton, P D Chumas
INTRODUCTION: The neutrophil-lymphocyte count ratio (NLCR) is an established prognostic marker for renal, lung and colorectal carcinomas and has been suggested to be predictive of histological grade and outcome in adult intracranial tumours. The purpose of this study was to determine whether a correlation of the pre-operative neutrophil count (NC) and NLCR with the final histological grade exists in paediatric intracranial tumours. METHODS: A retrospective analysis was undertaken at a single centre...
November 29, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188212/supratentorial-pilocytic-astrocytoma-mimicking-convexity-meningioma-with-early-anaplastic-transformation-a-case-report
#5
Jung Hwan Lee, Soon Ki Sung, Chang Hwa Choi
Meningiomas and pilocytic astrocytomas are benign intracranial tumors. Pilocytic astrocytomas arises frequently at the posterior fossa in childhood. Meningiomas have several image findings, such as a dural tail sign, bony erosion, and sunburst appearance on angiography. However, pilocytic astrocytomas with these findings have been rarely reported. In this report, we describe a mass with typical image findings of a meningioma, but diagnosed as a supratentorial pilocytic astrocytoma with early anaplastic transformation...
October 2017: Brain Tumor Research and Treatment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29180079/adult-pilocytic-astrocytoma-an-institutional-series-and-systematic-literature-review-for-extent-of-resection-and-recurrence
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REVIEW
Kamila M Bond, Joshua D Hughes, Amanda L Porter, Josiah Orina, Shanna Fang, Ian F Parney
INTRODUCTION: Pilocytic astrocytoma is a classically-benign tumor that most often affects pediatric patients. Rarely, it occurs during adulthood. We present a case series and systematic literature review of adult pilocytic astrocytoma (APA) to examine the clinical presentation, extent of resection, and recurrence rate associated with this tumor in this population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Our institutional records were retrospectively reviewed for cases of pilocytic astrocytoma in adults...
November 24, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171168/pilocytic-astrocytoma-with-leptomeningeal-spread-in-a-patient-with-incontinentia-pigmenti-presenting-with-unilateral-nystagmus
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Cheryl B Bayart, Gisele E Ishak, Laura S Finn, Amy Lee, Francine Baran, Angela Sun, Deepti Gupta, Nicholas A Vitanza
Incontinentia pigmenti (IP) is a genetic disorder caused by mutations in IKBKG, leading to functional loss of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-ĸB). We report the case of a 6-month-old female child with IP who presented with unilateral nystagmus and was found to have a pilocytic astrocytoma with leptomeningeal spread. Enhanced understanding of the relationship between NF-ĸB, along with its upstream regulators, and tumorigenesis may shed light on whether a subset of patients with IP may be at increased risk for neoplasia...
November 24, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168690/mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-in-gliosis-and-pilocytic-astrocytoma
#8
Hiroaki Takeuchi, Hiroyuki Neishi, Yoshifumi Higashino, Ryuhei Kitai, Ken-Ichiro Kikuta, Yoshiyuki Imamura
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA), featuring activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway, is the most common tumor of the pediatric central nervous system. However, it remains unknown whether MAPK activation is present in the reactive gliosis of non-neoplastic lesions. Therefore, we investigated the expression of MAPK in reactive gliosis associated with cavernous angiomas. Immunohistochemical expression and the extent of BRAF, ERK, p38, and JNK were investigated in 10 patients with gliosis surrounding cavernous angiomas (GS group) and 10 patients with PA (PA group)...
November 23, 2017: Clinical Neuropathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143922/pre-treatment-lymphopenia-and-indication-of-tumor-induced-systemic-immunosuppression-in-medulloblastoma
#9
Seema Patel, Shiyang Wang, Matija Snuderl, Matthias A Karajannis
The presence of tumor-induced systemic immune suppression, including lymphopenia, has been recognized in adult patients with glioblastoma for several decades, and pre-treatment neutrophil-to-lymphocyte count ratio (NLCR) is associated with inferior clinical outcome in patients with glioblastoma. Whether tumor-induced systemic immune suppression is also present in children with malignant brain tumors is not known. We performed a retrospective analysis of pretreatment neutrophil and lymphocyte counts in pediatric patients with medulloblastoma (MB) compared to a control group of children with posterior fossa pilocytic astrocytoma (PA)...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141672/a-novel-git2-braf-fusion-in-pilocytic-astrocytoma
#10
Jeffrey Helgager, Hart G Lidov, Navin R Mahadevan, Mark W Kieran, Keith L Ligon, Sanda Alexandrescu
BACKGROUND: KIAA1549-BRAF fusion is the most common genetic event in pilocytic astrocytoma (PA), and leads to activation of the mitogen activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway. Fusions of BRAF with other partner genes, as well as other genetic alterations not involving BRAF but also leading to MAPK pathway activation have been described rarely. CASE PRESENTATION: We present a new fusion partner in the low-grade glioma of a 10-year-old male, who presented with headaches and recent episodes of seizures...
November 15, 2017: Diagnostic Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138945/glioblastoma-in-neurofibromatosis-1-patients-without-idh1-braf-v600e-and-tert-promoter-mutations
#11
Ichiyo Shibahara, Yukihiko Sonoda, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Akifumi Mayama, Masayuki Kanamori, Ryuta Saito, Yasuhiro Suzuki, Shoji Mashiyama, Hiroshi Uenohara, Mika Watanabe, Toshihiro Kumabe, Teiji Tominaga
Pilocytic astrocytomas and low-grade gliomas are more common compared with glioblastomas in patients with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). A recent genome-wide analysis has shown frequent NF1 gene alterations in the mesenchymal subtype of a glioblastoma; however, little is known about clinicopathological features of glioblastomas in NF1 patients (NF1 glioblastomas). We analyzed four NF1 glioblastomas. Radiographical and intraoperative findings showed well-circumscribed tumors from surrounding brain. Pathological analysis presented a paucity of processes with an eosinophilic cytoplasm, bizarre nuclei, xanthomatous-like appearance, multinucleated giant cells, and histiocytoid appearance...
November 14, 2017: Brain Tumor Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125440/long-term-outcomes-of-primarily-metastatic-juvenile-pilocytic-astrocytoma-in-children
#12
Derek Yecies, Paul Graham Fisher, Samuel Cheshier, Michael Edwards, Gerald Grant
OBJECTIVE Primarily metastatic juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma (JPA) is rare, likely representing 2%-3% of all cases of JPA. Due to the rarity of primarily metastatic JPA, there is currently no standard treatment paradigm and the long-term outcomes are not fully known. The goal of this case series was to add to the current understanding of this disease process. METHODS The authors searched a comprehensive database of pediatric patients with brain and spinal cord tumors treated at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital from 1997 to 2016 and identified 5 patients with primarily metastatic JPA...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118304/pediatric-optic-pathway-hypothalamic-glioma
#13
Yasuo Aihara, Kentaro Chiba, Seiichiro Eguchi, Kosaku Amano, Takakazu Kawamata
Optic pathway/hypothalamic gliomas (OP/HGs) are rare astrocytic tumors that appear more commonly among young children and often are unresectable. They comprise approximately 2% of all central nervous system tumors and account for 3-5% of pediatric intracranial tumors. Initial manifestations are often visual disturbances, endocrinopathies and hypothalamic dysfunction such as the diencephalic syndrome, and sometimes hydrocephalus due to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) outflow obstruction. In many cases, the tumors are diagnosed late in the clinical course because they silently enlarge...
November 9, 2017: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065962/disordered-consciousness-or-disordered-wakefulness-the-importance-of-prolonged-polysomnography-for-the-diagnosis-drug-therapy-and-rehabilitation-of-an-unresponsive-patient-with-brain-injury
#14
Francesca Formica, Marco Pozzi, Paolo Avantaggiato, Erika Molteni, Filippo Arrigoni, Flavio Giordano, Emilio Clementi, Sandra Strazzer
Disorders of consciousness may follow brain injury, due to impairments of wakefulness and/or awareness. Polysomnography can identify elements that may be ascribed to impairments of specific neuroanatomical areas. Recognizing which impairments affect each patient is crucial for diagnosis, prognosis, and to select an appropriate therapy. We present a pediatric case of insufficient wakefulness in a patient with severe disability following a pilocytic astrocytoma. Polysomnography was crucial for diagnosis, as it detected a well-structured pattern with daytime sleep initiations in the REM sleep phase...
October 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine: JCSM: Official Publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29061673/pilocytic-astrocytoma-with-anaplasia-arising-from-the-optic-chiasm-in-a-very-elderly-patient
#15
Shintaro Hayashi, Norihiko Akao, Yoichi Nakazato, Koichi Okamoto
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 24, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29045978/-clinicopathologic-features-of-infant-dysembryoplastic-neuroepithelial-tumor-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#16
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/29039591/dabrafenib-in-patients-with-recurrent-braf-v600e-mutated-malignant-glioma-and-leptomeningeal-disease
#17
Michael C Burger, Michael W Ronellenfitsch, Nadja I Lorenz, Marlies Wagner, Martin Voss, David Capper, Theophilos Tzaridis, Ulrich Herrlinger, Joachim P Steinbach, Gabriele Stoffels, Karl-Josef Langen, Christian Brandts, Christian Senft, Patrick N Harter, Oliver Bähr
BRAF V600E mutations occur frequently in malignant melanoma, but are rare in most malignant glioma subtypes. Besides, more benign brain tumors such as ganglioglioma, dysembryoblastic neuroepithelial tumours and supratentorial pilocytic astrocytomas, only pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas (50-78%) and epitheloid glioblastoma (50%) regularly exhibit BRAF mutations. In the present study, we report on three patients with recurrent malignant gliomas harbouring a BRAF V600E mutation. All patients presented with markedly disseminated leptomeningeal disease at recurrence and had progressed after radiotherapy and alkylating chemotherapy...
October 2, 2017: Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984141/dabrafenib-and-trametinib-in-brafv600e-mutated-glioma
#18
Nicholas F Brown, Thomas Carter, Neil Kitchen, Paul Mulholland
BRAFV600E mutations have been identified in a number of glioma subtypes, most frequently in pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, ganglioglioma, pilocytic astrocytoma, and epithelioid glioblastoma. Although the development of BRAF inhibitors has dramatically improved the clinical outcome for patients with BRAFV600E mutant tumors, resistance develops in a majority of patients due to reactivation of the MAPK pathway. Addition of MEK inhibition to BRAF inhibition improves survival. Here we report successful treatment of two patients with BRAFV600E mutant pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma using the BRAF inhibitor dabrafenib in combination with the MEK inhibitor trametinib...
October 6, 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980149/hemorrhagic-presentation-of-intracranial-pilocytic-astrocytomas-literature-review
#19
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/28968690/regnet-an-r-package-for-network-based-propagation-of-gene-expression-alterations
#20
Michael Seifert, Andreas Beyer
Summary: Gene expression alterations and potentially underlying gene copy number mutations can be measured routinely in the wet lab, but it is still extremely challenging to quantify impacts of altered genes on clinically relevant characteristics to predict putative driver genes. We developed the R package regNet that utilizes gene expression and copy number data to learn regulatory networks for the quantification of potential impacts of individual gene expression alterations on user-defined target genes via network propagation...
August 31, 2017: Bioinformatics
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