Presence of apoptosis distinguishes primary central nervous system lymphoma from glioblastoma during intraoperative consultation

Yoon Jin Cha, Junjeong Choi, Se Hoon Kim

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Abstract

Aim: To evaluate the overlapping and distinguishing cytologic features of primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL), diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, and glioblastoma (GM) in frozen sections and squash smear slides. Materials and methods: Intraoperative frozen sections and squash smear slides from PCNSL (N = 63) and GM (N = 122) patients diagnosed from 2005 to 2015 were retrieved from pathology records. Overlapping and distinguishing histologic features were examined and statistically analyzed. Results: Necrosis and moderate nuclear size variation were common features of PCNSL and GM. PCNSL characteristically showed apoptosis, lack of a fibrillary background, monotonous nuclei, scant cytoplasm, lack of microvascular proliferation, and presence of perivascular cuffing. Multivariate analysis revealed that presence of apoptosis was the most powerful predictive parameter for the diagnosis of PCNSL. Conclusion: The presence of apoptosis was effective for the intraoperative diagnosis of PCNSL compared to GM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-111
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Neuropathology
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 May 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Brain Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (2016M3C7A1913844 and 2014R1A1A1002443)

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Brain Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF), funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (2016M3C7A1913844 and 2014R1A1A1002443).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2018 Dustri-Verlag Dr. K. Feistle.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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