Brainstem glioma

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Patient Data

Age: Young child
MRI

MRI of a young child demonstrates diffuse expansion of the pons, with flattening of the floor of the fourth ventricle and effacement of the pre-pontine cistern, trapping the basilar artery between the pons and the clivus. The region demonstrates diffuse increase in T2 signal but no convincing abnormal enhancement. Findings are characteristic of a brainstem glioma.

Case Discussion

Although information on the histology and molecular characteristics of this tumour are not available, it is likely that it represents a diffuse midline glioma H3 K27M–mutant.

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Case information

rID: 5683
Case created: 14th Mar 2009
Last edited: 24th Apr 2017
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