Ependymoma (fourth ventricle)

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Lawson


Young man with headaches.

Patient Data

Age: 28
Gender: Male

Large intraventricular mass in the fourth ventricle extending bilaterally into the foramenae of Luschka.

Hydrocephalus has developed.

Case Discussion

Pathology report

The sections show a moderately cellular tumour, forming prominent perivascular pseudorosettes. The tumour cells form cuffs around blood vessels in a fibrillary background. The tumour cells have mildly enlarged round to elongated nuclei and inconspicuous nucleoli. Very occasional mitoses are seen. There is no endothelial cell hyperplasia or necrosis. Spots of microcalcification are present in the background.

The features are those of an ependymoma.

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Case information

rID: 26844
Case created: 10th Jan 2014
Last edited: 13th Feb 2018
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