Pilocytic astrocytomas and low-grade gliomas are more common compared with glioblastomas in patients with neurofibromatosis 1 (NF1). A recent genome-wide analysis has shown frequent NF1 gene alterations in the mesenchymal subtype of a glioblastoma; however, little is known about clinicopathological features of glioblastomas in NF1 patients (NF1 glioblastomas). We analyzed four NF1 glioblastomas. Radiographical and intraoperative findings showed well-circumscribed tumors from surrounding brain. Pathological analysis presented a paucity of processes with an eosinophilic cytoplasm, bizarre nuclei, xanthomatous-like appearance, multinucleated giant cells, and histiocytoid appearance. During the follow-up period, one patient died at 49 months and others remained alive for 60, 87, and 106 months; thus, patients with NF1 glioblastoma presented a relatively favorable survival. None of the NF1 glioblastomas harbored isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 (IDH1) gene mutation, v-RAF murine sarcoma viral oncogene homolog B1 (BRAF) gene mutation, and telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) gene promoter mutation. We identified that NF1 glioblastoma is a unique subset of glioblastoma.
- Epithelioid glioblastoma
- Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Cancer Research