Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma

Case contributed by Dr Bita Abbasi



Patient Data

Age: 6th decade
Gender: Male

ASNR 2016: This case was submitted as part of the American Society of Neuroradiology (ASNR 2016) Case Of The Day competition, in collaboration with


Non-contrast axial brain CT scan shows a cystic lesion in the right temporal lobe. Hyperdense areas are seen in the tumor periphery that may be due to hemorrhage or a solid component. 


There is a solid-cystic mass in the right temporal lobe. The internal signal is not completely suppressed in FLAIR images. A finding that suggests high protein contents of the cyst. The adjacent edema is minimal. Solid mural nodule shows enhancement after contrast administration. 

Case Discussion

The histologic examination confirmed pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA). 

PXAs are solid-cystic variants of WHO class II astrocytomas that most commonly appear in the temporal lobe of adult patients. The solid component enhances avidly after contrast administration. The adjacent edema is minimal. 

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