Glioblastoma NOS

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Patient Data

Age: Adult

A peripherally enhancing lesion in the left frontal lobe is present with elevated CBV in the enhancing components. Central non-enhancement suggests necrosis. 

The patient went on to have a craniotomy and excision. 


Microscopic Description: Sections show a glioma composed predominantly of gemistocytic and micro-gemistocytic tumour cells. Oligodendroglial elements are focally seen. Focal endothelial cell proliferation is noted, and a localised area of recent necrosis is identified. Occasional mitoses are seen.

Final Diagnosis: glioblastoma


Note: IDH mutation status is not provided in this case and according to the current (2016) WHO classification of CNS tumours, this tumour would, therefore, be designated as a glioblastoma NOS

Note: The diagnosis of glioblastoma is actually not entirely established in this case as the IDH wild-type status has not been assessed. Although in this age group it is likely to reflect an IDH wild-type glioblastoma, it is possible that this is an IDH mutant glioblastoma (secondary glioblastoma). If an IDH mutation were to be found, then 1p19q codeletion status would also need to be established

This is important from a classification and prognosis point of view as if an IDH mutation was found and 1p19q was co-deleted then this tumour would actually represent an anaplastic oligodendroglioma and not a glioblastoma.

Case Discussion

The presence of necrosis and endothelial proliferation is consistent with a WHO grade IV tumor. 

PlayAdd to Share

Case information

rID: 5276
Published: 29th Dec 2008
Last edited: 26th May 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

Updating… Please wait.

 Unable to process the form. Check for errors and try again.

 Thank you for updating your details.