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Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences 1998 September;42(3):153-7

Copyright © 1998 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Atypical pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma

Bucciero A. 1, De Caro M. I. 2, Tedeschi E. 3, De Stefano V. 1, Bianco M. 1, Soricelli A. 3, Vizioli L. 1, Cerillo A. 1

1 Institutes of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine, University of Naples «Federico II», Naples, Italy; 2 Institutes of Pathology, School of Medicine, University of Naples «Federico II», Naples, Italy; 3 Institutes of Radiology, School of Medicine, University of Naples «Federico II», Naples, Italy


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A 65-­year-­old ­man expe­ri­enced an ­ictal epi­sode. CT ­revealed a ­left cap­su­lo-tha­lam­ic ­mass, ­and ­SPET ­showed hypo­per­fu­sion of ­the ­left cere­bral emi­sphere. The ­lesion ­was sub­to­tal­ly ­removed, ­and post­op­er­a­tive radio­ther­a­py ­was giv­en. Pathological exam­in­a­tin dem­on­strat­ed an «atyp­ical» ple­o­mor­phic xan­thoas­tro­cy­to­ma. The ­patient ­died of mas­sive ­regrowth of ­the ­tumor 22 ­months ­after sur­gery. This ­case is dis­cussed in ­light of ­the per­ti­nent lit­er­a­ture.

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