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The Korean Journal of Pathology 1991;25(6): 607-610.
Brain Stem Glioma (An autopsy case).
Doo Hyun Chung, Soong Deok Lee, Hee Jin Yang, Dae Hee Han, Je G Chi
1Department of Pathology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
2Department of Neurosurgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
We report an autopsy case of the brain stem glioma that extended extensively in the brain stem itself and cephalad. This 18-year-old boy first presented with dizziness, vomiting and left side weakness with left facial palsy. Brain MRI revealed a diffusely infiltrative tumor involving whole medulla, pons and lower midbrain. A total of 4000 R was given with some alleviation of respiratory difficulty. He died one year after the onset. Autopsy revealed the tumor involving pons, a portion of medulla oblongata, and cerebellum. The tumor showed diffusely infiltrative pattern and extended along the periventricular area to the thalamus and corpus callosum. The cut surface was grayish white and solid. It also showed areas of myxoid degeneration and necrosis probably related to radiation therapy. Microscopically the tumor was a cellular and pleomorphic glioma that showed some astrocytic differentiation. It was diffuse without geographic necrosis.
Key Words: Brain stem; Glioma; Astrocytoma
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