SPARC: a potential diagnostic marker of invasive meningiomas.
SPARC, a secreted, extracellular matrix-associated protein implicated in the modulation of cell adhesion and migration, was evaluated as a marker for invasive meningiomas. Although the majority of meningiomas are clinically and morphologically benign, approximately 10% progress into atypical and malignant tumors, according to the standard criteria. However, a subset of meningiomas presents as histomorphologically benign tumors (WHO grade I), but they are clinically invasive. It has been suggested that these tumors should be classified as malignant, and that the patients may require adjuvant therapy and closer follow up. Unfortunately, a significant number of these tumors may not be recognized because the surgical specimen used to assess the grade of a tumor lacks the infiltrative interface with the brain, which is currently necessary to determine its invasive character. Therefore, a marker of heightened invasiveness would greatly facilitate the identification of this subset of patients. In this study, the immunohistochemical expression of SPARC in benign, noninvasive primary meningiomas was compared with its expression in invasive, aggressive, primary and recurrent meningiomas. SPARC was not expressed in the 9 benign, noninvasive tumors, but was highly expressed in the 20 invasive tumors, regardless of the grade. The findings suggest that SPARC is a potential diagnostic marker of invasive meningiomas and is capable of distinguishing the histomorphologically benign noninvasive from the histomorphologically benign but invasive meningiomas, in the absence of the infiltrative interface. (+info)
Hemangioblastoma mimicking tentorial meningioma: preoperative embolization of the meningeal arterial blood supply--case report.
A 72-year-old male presented with a primary hemangioblastoma of the posterior fossa with unusual dural attachment and meningeal arterial blood supply from the external carotid artery and marginal tentorial artery. Preoperative embolization facilitated complete resection of the tumor with no resultant neurological deficit. Hemangioblastoma must be included in the differential diagnosis of tumors with dural involvement. Preoperative embolization is very useful in such tumors. (+info)
Cerebral veins: comparative study of CT venography with intraarterial digital subtraction angiography.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Our objective was to compare the reliability of CT venography with intraarterial digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in imaging cerebral venous anatomy and pathology. METHODS: In 25 consecutive patients, 426 venous structures were determined as present, partially present, or absent by three observers evaluating CT multiplanar reformatted (MPR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP) images. These results were compared with the results from intraarterial DSA and, in a second step, with the results of an intraobserver consensus. In addition, pathologic conditions were described. RESULTS: Using DSA as the standard of reference, MPR images had an overall sensitivity of 95% (specificity, 19%) and MIP images a sensitivity of 80% (specificity, 44%) in depicting the cerebral venous anatomy. On the basis of an intraobserver consensus including DSA, MPR, and MIP images (415 vessels present), the sensitivity/specificity was 95%/91% for MPR, 90%/100% for DSA, and 79%/91% for MIP images. MPR images were superior to DSA images in showing the cavernous sinus, the inferior sagittal sinus, and the basal vein of Rosenthal. Venous occlusive diseases were correctly recognized on both MPR and MIP images. Only DSA images provided reliable information of invasion of a sinus by an adjacent meningioma. CONCLUSION: CT venography proved to be a reliable method to depict the cerebral venous structures. MPR images were superior to MIP images. (+info)
A new technique of surface anatomy MR scanning of the brain: its application to scalp incision planning.
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Surface anatomy scanning (SAS) is an established technique for demonstrating the brain's surface. We describe our experience in applying SAS with superposition of MR venograms to preoperative scalp incision planning. METHODS: In 16 patients, scalp incision planning was done by placing a water-filled plastic tube at the intended incision site when we performed SAS using half-Fourier single-shot fast spin-echo sequences. Two-dimensional phase-contrast MR angiograms were obtained to demonstrate the cortical veins and then superimposed upon the SAS images. The added images were compared with surgical findings using a four-point grading scale (0 to 3, poor to excellent). RESULTS: In each case, neurosurgeons could easily reach the lesion. Surgical findings correlated well with MR angiogram-added SAS images, with an average score of 2.56. CONCLUSION: Our simple technique is a useful means of preoperatively determining brain surface anatomy and can be used to plan a scalp incision site. (+info)
In vivo hydrogen-1 magnetic resonance spectroscopy study of human intracranial tumors.
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the metabolic changes, pathological state and histological types of intracranial tumors with hydrogen-1 magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-1 MRS). METHODS: Thirteen patients with intracranial tumors were studied with localized proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-1MRS), in vivo. All spectra were obtained with a 2.0 T whole body MR imaging system. RESULTS: All the spectra of these tumors exhibited high ratios of choline (Cho)/creatine (Cr) and Cho/N-acetyl aspartate (NAA), and histologically different tumors showed obvious variations in the metabolite ratios. Significant differences of Cho/Cr ratio were found between meningiomas and astrocytomas by statistical evaluation. The spectra obtained after operation were remarkably different from those before operation. CONCLUSION: H-1 MRS can serve as a non-invasive clinical test for therapeutic and prognostic uses for intracranial tumors. (+info)
NF2 gene mutations and allelic status of 1p, 14q and 22q in sporadic meningiomas.
Formation of meningiomas and their progression to malignancy may be a multi-step process, implying accumulation of genetic mutations at specific loci. To determine the relationship between early NF2 gene inactivation and the molecular mechanisms that may contribute to meningioma tumor progression, we have performed deletion mapping analysis at chromosomes 1, 14 and 22 in a series of 81 sporadic meningiomas (54 grade I (typical), 25 grade II (atypical) and two grade III (anaplastic)), which were also studied for NF2 gene mutations. Single-strand conformational polymorphism analysis was used to identify 11 mutations in five of the eight exons of the NF2 gene studied. All 11 tumors displayed loss of heterozygosity (LOH) for chromosome 22 markers; this anomaly was also detected in 33 additional tumors. Twenty-nine and 23 cases were characterized by LOH at 1p and 14q, respectively, mostly corresponding to aggressive tumors that also generally displayed LOH 22. All three alterations were detected in association in seven grade II and two grade III meningiomas, corroborating the hypothesis that the formation of aggressive meningiomas follows a multi-step tumor progression model. (+info)
Clinical features and outcomes in patients with non-acoustic cerebellopontine angle tumours.
OBJECTIVES: Non-acoustic tumours of the cerebellopontine angle differ from vestibular schwannomas in their prevalence, clinical features, operative management, and surgical outcome. These features were studied in patients presenting to the regional neuro-otological unit. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of clinical notes identified 42 patients with non-acoustic tumours of the cerebellopontine angle. Data were extracted regarding presenting clinical features, histopathological data after surgical resection, surgical morbidity and mortality, and clinical outcome (mean 32 months follow up). RESULTS: The study group comprised 25 meningiomas (60%), 12 epidermoid cysts/cholesteatomata (28%), and five other tumours. In patients with meningiomas, symptoms differed considerably from patients presenting with vestibular schwannomas. Cerebellar signs were present in 52% and hearing loss in only 68%. Twenty per cent of patients had hydrocephalus at the time of diagnosis. After surgical resection, normal facial nerve function was preserved in 75% of cases. In the epidermoid group, fifth, seventh, and eighth nerve deficits were present in 42%, 33%, and 66% respectively. There were no new postoperative facial palsies. There were two recurrences (17%) requiring reoperation. Overall, there were two perioperative deaths from pneumonia and meningitis. CONCLUSIONS: Patients with non-acoustic lesions of the cerebellopontine angle often present with different symptoms and signs from those found in patients with schwannomas. Hearing loss is less prevalent and cerebellar signs and facial paresis are more common as presenting features. Hydrocephalus is often present in patients presenting with cerebellopontine angle meningiomas. Non-acoustic tumours can usually be resected with facial nerve preservation. (+info)
Role of p53 gene mutation in tumor aggressiveness of intracranial meningiomas.
The mutations that occur in the p53 tumor suppressor gene have been studied in various human malignant tumors. However, little is known about this gene in meningiomas. To investigate the relationship and frequency of p53 gene mutations, the p53 polymerase chain reaction-single stranded conformational polymorphism (PCR-SSCP) and immunohistochemical study were performed on the 41 intracranial meningiomas (21 benign, 11 atypical, and 9 malignant). The higher the p53 protein expression rate, the poorer the histologic grade (9.5%, 72.7%, and 88.9% in benign, atypical and malignant meningioma, respectively) (p=0.000). The p53 protein expression rate was higher in recurrent meningioma (71.4%) than in nonrecurrent meningioma (10.5%) (p=0.002). PCR-SSCP method was performed in positive p53 protein immunoreactivity cases. p53 gene mutation rate was higher in the atypical (62.5%) and malignant (25%) meningiomas than in the benign meningioma (0%) (p=0.232). Also, the rate was higher in recurrent menigioma (20%) than in nonrecurrent meningioma (0%) (o=0.495). Among five to eight exons of the p53 gene, the mutation was observed on exon 7 more frequently. In conclusion, p53 immunoreactivity and p53 gene mutation are closely correlated with histologic grade and histologic atypia of intracranial meningiomas. p53 gene mutation would be considered as a useful marker to detect the progression of intracranial meningiomas. (+info)