Emeritus Faculty, Acad Council, Pathology
1. Neurodegenerative diseases
2. Neurodevelopmental disorders
3. CNS neoplasms
4. Nerve & muscle diseases
We present the clinical, imaging, and neuropathologic data for a family with an autosomal dominant, nonhypertensive, progressive cerebral arteriopathy and leukoencephalopathy. Clinical presentation was characterized by progressive dementia, gait abnormalities, and, in some, Parkinson-like symptoms. MR abnormalities, consisting of white matter T2 hyperintensities and cystic-appearing T1 hypointensities, were present in seven family members. The basal ganglia also showed cystic abnormalities. Neuropathologic examination in two cases revealed numerous lacunar infarctlike lesions, extensive demyelination, and widespread hyalinization of arteriolar walls with karyolysis and granular deposits within the media. These findings appear to constitute further evidence of a genetically determined arteriopathic leukoencephalopathy.
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We report two cases of central neurocytoma; one located in the right lateral ventricle and associated with a distinctly separate primitive neuroectodermal tumor (PNET)/medulloblastoma of the fourth ventricle, and the other admixed with fat cells and arising from the left lateral and third ventricles with extension into the corpus callosum. We discuss that concurrent occurrences of PNET and adipose tissue are not fortuitous events, but an evidence that neurocytomas and PNETs originate in the residual germinal pool from common progenitor cell rests recapitulating features of developing neurons and with a potential for mesenchymal differentiation.
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A 28-year-old patient with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and neutropenia developed necrotizing enterocolitis and Clostridium septicum bacteremia, followed by rhabdomyolysis, skin rash, and acute neurologic changes. Numerous cortical leptomeningeal enhancements were present on head MRI. Meningeal and brain biopsy showed segmental, full-thickness lysis of smooth muscle cells of medium-sized meningeal vessels with overall preservation of the structure of the vessel wall.
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Mesial temporal sclerosis (MTS) is the most frequently encountered abnormality in temporal lobectomies performed for medically intractable seizure disorders. The pathologic diagnosis of MTS relies on the identification of neuronal loss affecting various regions of the hippocampus. However, neuronal loss is often difficult to assess, particularly in lobectomies that are not performed en bloc. Because of this difficulty the presence of hippocampal pathology is often indeterminate. In this report we describe our experience with 73 temporal lobectomies performed for seizure disorders. In 58%, increased numbers of corpora amylacea (CoA) were found in association with MTS. The relationship between CoA and the pathogenetic mechanisms underlying MTS remains speculative. However, the association between MTS and corpora amylacea is important to recognize since the identification of abundant numbers of CoA provides a marker for MTS that can be useful in cases in which neuronal loss and gliosis are difficult to assess. For this purpose, it is strongly recommended that tissues resected from the hippocampus and amygdala for temporal lobe epilepsy be stained with LFB-PAS to highlight CoA.
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We investigated the validity and reliability of diagnoses made by eight neuropathologists who used the preliminary NINDS neuropathologic diagnostic criteria for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and related disorders. The specific disorders were typical, atypical, and combined PSP, postencephalitic parkinsonism, corticobasal ganglionic degeneration, and Pick's disease. These disorders were chosen because of the difficulties in their neuropathologic differentiation. We assessed validity by measuring sensitivity and positive predictive value. Reliability was evaluated by measuring pairwise and group agreement. From a total of 62 histologic cases, each neuropathologist independently classified 16 to 19 cases for the pairwise analysis and 5 to 6 cases for the group analysis. The neuropathologists were unaware of the study design, unfamiliar with the assigned cases, and initially had no clinical information about the cases. Our results showed that with routine sampling and staining methods, neuropathologic examination alone was not fully adequate for differentiating the disorders. The main difficulties were discriminating the subtypes of PSP and separating postencephalitic parkinsonism from PSP. Corticobasal ganglionic degeneration and Pick's disease were less difficult to distinguish from PSP. The addition of minimal clinical information contributed to the accuracy of the diagnosis. On the basis of results obtained, we propose clinicopathologic diagnostic criteria to improve on the NINDS criteria.
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