Myxopapillary ependymoma

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

A high T2, low T1, enhancing mass is located just below the tip of the conus, and compresses surrounding nerve roots. 


MICROSCOPIC FEATURES: The  tumour  has a predominantly   papillary  architecture  with  cuboidal  or columnar  cells arranged around  cores  of basophilic  myxoid  material.  In  more cellular areas the  ependymal  cells form  perivascular   pseudorosettes.   Areas of haemorrhage and organising haematoma  are present.  There are also areas of degeneration  and  necrosis,  without  cellular  palisading.    Features of anaplasia,  including  hypercellularity,  microvascular   proliferation and mitotic activity, are not identified.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS: Myxopapillary ependymoma 

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of a myxopapillary ependymoma. 

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Case information

rID: 19552
Published: 23rd Sep 2012
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: spine
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