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Spinal astrocytoma

F Bianchi, G Tamburrini, L Massimi, M Caldarelli
OBJECT: Desmoplastic infantile gangliogliomas (DIGs) and desmoplastic infantile astrocytomas (DIAs) are tumors typical of the infantile age. A large size, with a mixed solid and cystic component, clinical presentation with progressing signs of increased intracranial pressure, a prominent benign desmoplastic structure at histological examination, and a favorable clinical course in the majority of cases are the prominent features of these tumors. The objective of the present paper was to review the pertinent literature on the topic together with our personal experience, with the aim of an updated review of the subject...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
John Michael Hazenfield, Mary F Gaskill-Shipley
Neoplasia of the spinal cord, including both primary and metastatic tumors, is relatively rare, representing 4%-10% of all central nervous system tumors, and can present a diagnostic challenge to the radiologist. More than 90% of primary spinal cord neoplasms are derived from the glial cell lineage, including the 2 most common tumors ependymoma and astrocytoma. However, less common spinal cord tumors, including metastatic disease, as well as nonneoplastic and paraneoplastic processes should be considered in the diagnosis of intramedullary spinal cord lesions...
October 2016: Seminars in Ultrasound, CT, and MR
A Herbrecht, M Messerer, F Parker
INTRODUCTION: Intramedullary ependymomas are classically described as tumors developing in the center of the spinal cord, whereas intramedullary astrocytomas are more dispersed. This description only remains approximate. The aim of this study was to establish a lateralization index (LI), which is based on radiological measurements and may help in differentiating the two tumors. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Retrospective analysis based on the analysis of MRI of patients operated on for intramedullary astrocytoma or ependymoma in the Neurosurgical Department of Bicêtre Hospital...
September 9, 2016: Neuro-Chirurgie
M K Ahsan, N Sakeb, M Y Ali, M A Awwal, S I Khan, M M Goni, M B Mia, M B Alam, N Zaman, S N Jannat
Results of 63 surgically treated intradural spinal tumors between the period of October 2003 and December 2014 at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) and in our private settings, Dhaka, were analyzed retrospectively. There were 33 males, 30 females with an average age of 52.4 years (13-70 years) and followed up for at least a year. The preoperative symptom with duration, tumors location and intradural space occupancy and the histopathological diagnosis were analyzed. Pain was evaluated by the visual analogue scale (VAS) and the neurologic function was assessed by Nurick's grade...
July 2016: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
Toshitaka Seki, Kazutoshi Hida, Shunsuke Yano, Takeshi Aoyama, Izumi Koyanagi, Toru Sasamori, Shuji Hamauch, Kiyohiro Houkin
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study. PURPOSE: To obtain information useful in establishing treatment guidelines by evaluating baseline clinical features and treatment outcomes of patients with spinal cord astrocytoma (SCA). OVERVIEW OF LITERATURE: The optimal management of SCA remains controversial, and there are no standard guidelines. METHODS: The study included 20 patients with low-grade and 13 with high-grade SCA surgically treated between 1989 and 2014...
August 2016: Asian Spine Journal
Aasheen Munshey, Justin Moore, Catriona Maclean, Anthony Longano, Tony Goldschlager
BACKGROUND: Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is a benign neoplasm that typically occurs in the brain within the pediatric and adolescent age groups and is uncommon in adults. It rarely occurs within the ventricles and the overall prognosis is favourable. A pilocytic astrocytoma of the brain with spinal metastasis at presentation has never been reported in an adult. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report a case of a 47-year-old male presenting with sudden onset frontal headache associated with nausea and lethargy...
August 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Nardin Samuel, Lindsay Tetreault, Carlo Santaguida, Anick Nater, Nizar Moayeri, Eric M Massicotte, Michael G Fehlings
OBJECTIVE The objective of this study was to identify clinically relevant predictors of progression-free survival and functional outcomes in patients who underwent surgery for intramedullary spinal cord tumors (ISCTs). METHODS An institutional spinal tumor registry and billing records were reviewed to identify adult patients who underwent resection of ISCTs between 1993 and 2014. Extensive data were collected from patient charts and operative notes, including demographic information, extent of resection, tumor pathology, and functional and oncological outcomes...
August 2016: Neurosurgical Focus
Nicola Montano, Fabio Papacci, Gianluca Trevisi, Eduardo Fernandez
Recently, great advances have been made in the surgical treatment of intramedullary spinal cord tumors (IMSCTs). Many articles have been published; but looking at the literature of the last 5 years, there are only descriptive reviews and no works in which a literature statistical analysis was performed. Here, we analyzed the literature to identify potential prognosticators of good functional outcome in IMSCT patients. To level out the selected studies, we stratified patients' neurological status as independent (ambulation possible without caregiver assistance) or disabled (cannot ambulate or can only ambulate with caregiver assistance)...
July 30, 2016: Acta Neurologica Belgica
Raheel Ahmed, Arnold H Menezes, James C Torner
OBJECTIVE Surgical excision is the mainstay treatment for resectable low-grade intramedullary spinal cord tumors (IMSCTs) in the pediatric age group. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments are generally reserved for progressive or recurrent disease. Given the indolent nature of low-grade tumors and the potential side effects of these approaches, their long-term treatment benefits are unclear. The aim of the study was to determine long-term disease outcomes and the therapeutic roles of surgery and adjuvant therapies in pediatric patients with low-grade IMSCTs over an extended follow-up period...
July 15, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Zulejha Merhemic, Tatjana Stosic-Opincal, Majda M Thurnher
Intradural tumors are relatively rare neoplasms; however, when unrecognized in a timely manner, they can result in serious deficits and disability. These tumors lack obvious clinical symptoms until compression of the cord or neurologic deficits occur. The most common intramedullary lesions are ependymomas, astrocytomas, and hemangioblastomas. Meningiomas and nerve sheath tumors (schwannomas and neurofibromas) comprise most intradural-extramedullary tumors. Less common tumors are hemangiopericytoma, paraganglioma, melanocytoma, melanoma, metastases, and lymphoma...
August 2016: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America
Gene M Weinstein, Knarik Arkun, James Kryzanski, Michael Lanfranchi, Gaurav K Gupta, Harprit Bedi
Ependymomas are common spinal lesions, with the vast majority arising in an intramedullary location. Several cases have been described in the literature of ependymomas in an intradural, extramedullary location. The authors present a case of a 56-year-old female who presented with several weeks of lower back pain and weakness. MRI revealed an intradural, extramedullary enhancing mass at L1-L2. The mass was successfully resected surgically. Pathologic evaluation revealed a low grade glioma with components of both ependymoma and pilocytic astrocytoma with MUTYH G382D mutation...
2016: Case Reports in Pathology
Sandra Camelo-Piragua, Santosh Kesari
INTRODUCTION: Glioma classification and grading has been historically based in morphologic appearance of tumor cells: astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas, oligoastrocytomas and ependymomas. Recent molecular advances have transformed the field of neuro-oncology, as some molecular markers harbor diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic implications. AREAS COVERED: In this paper we will review the major molecular changes associated with gliomas and their implications in diagnosis, prognosis, and opportunities in therapeutics...
September 2016: Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics
Peng Li, Zhijun Yang, Zhenmin Wang, Qiangyi Zhou, Shiwei Li, Xingchao Wang, Bo Wang, Fu Zhao, Pinan Liu
OBJECTIVE: Granular cell tumors (GCTs) in the central nervous system (CNS) are extremely rare. We report here a series of eight GCTs at various locations in the CNS and provide a full review of the published literature. METHODS: Eight patients with pathologically confirmed GCT in the CNS were retrospectively reviewed. The patients were followed up via telephone interview or an outpatient department. RESULTS: Five patients were female, and three were male...
May 18, 2016: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Ameer Alyeldien, Sarah Teuber-Hanselmann, Azad Cheko, Tanja Höll, Martin Scholz, Athanasios K Petridis
Pilocytic astrocytomas correspond to low-grade gliomas and therefore metastasize exceedingly rare. However, pilocytic astrocytomas are able to and leptomeningeal dissemination may be seen. What are the treatment options of these cases? We present a case report of a 3-year-old child with a pilocytic astrocytoma of the optic chiasm with leptomeningeal dissemination of the spinal meninges. Partial resection of the cerebral tumor has been performed. Since the leptomeningeal dissemination was seen all over the spinal meninges, the child did not undergo further surgical treatment...
March 25, 2016: Clinics and Practice
Xiang Zeng, Inbo Han, Muhammad Abd-El-Barr, Zaid Aljuboori, Jamie E Anderson, John H Chi, Ross D Zafonte, Yang D Teng
The adult rodent spinal cord presents an inhibitory environment for donor cell survival, impeding efficiency for xenograft-based modeling of gliomas. We postulated that mild thermal precondition may influence the fate of the implanted tumor cells. To test this hypothesis, high grade human astrocytoma G55 and U87 cells were cultured under 37°C and 38.5°C, to mimic regular experimental or core body temperature of rodents, respectively. In vitro, 38.5°C-conditioned cells, relative to 37°C, grew slightly faster...
May 4, 2016: Cell Transplantation
Z J Duan, K Yao, X L Qi
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinicopathologic features of glioneuronal tumor with neuropil-like island (GTNI). METHODS: Four cases of intracranial and spinal GTNI, including three cases of WHO grade Ⅲ, and one case of WHO grade Ⅱ with grade Ⅲ recurrence. HE and immunohistochemical (IHC) staining were used for pathologic analysis. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) was used to detect tumor genetic changes. Related literatures were reviewed. RESULTS: Microscopically, neuropil-like islands of varying sizes were seen within a background of glial proliferation, which showed features of astrocytoma or oligoastrocytoma...
May 8, 2016: Zhonghua Bing Li Xue za Zhi Chinese Journal of Pathology
J Alcalde López, J J Sánchez Garduño
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September 2016: Radiología
Hongyan Zhao, Mei'e Yuan, Li Yang, Jianyi Niu, Xunhui Yuan, Yun'an Bai, Liemei Guo
Astrocytomas are the most common intramedullary spinal cord tumors in pediatric and adolescent patients and the incidence decreases with age. Spinal oligoastrocytoma, which is a mixed glioma with distinct astrocytic and oligodendroglial components, is an extremely rare pathology of the spinal cord. To authors' best of knowledge, there are only 7 spinal oligoastrocytomas reported in the English literature. Here, the authors report a patient of a pathologically confirmed spinal oligoastrocytoma, who presented with severe left leg pain and numbness...
May 2016: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Gaurav V Watane, Saumil P Pandya, Isha D Atre, Foram N Kothari
Cranial nerve thickening as an initial isolated presentation of CNS lymphoma is rare. Once an extremely rare neoplasm, primary lymphoma of the central nervous system (CNS) now ranks only next to meningiomas and low-grade astrocytomas in prevalence. Multiple cranial nerve thickening can be a feature of primary CNS lymphoma. Here we report a case of a 45-year-old immunocompetent female who presented with relapsing remitting multiple cranial nerve thickening as an initial feature of primary CNS lymphoma without any other brain or spinal cord lesions...
January 2016: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
Hussam Abou Al-Shaar, Amol Raheja, Cheryl A Palmer, Meic H Schmidt, William T Couldwell
BACKGROUND: The co-occurrence of cerebral gliomas and cavernous angiomas is rarely encountered in clinical practice. All reported cases with such association have occurred within the brain with none involving the spinal cord. CASE DESCRIPTION: The authors report the case of a hypothalamic-optochiasmatic pilocytic astrocytoma coexisting with right occipital and sacral spinal cavernomas. This 30-year-old man had an 8-year history of chronic lower back pain. Spinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated an 8...
June 2016: World Neurosurgery
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