Indian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 633--637

Tanycytic ependymoma: highlighting challenges in radio-pathological diagnosis


Pragya Jain1, Ravindra K Saran1, Daljit Singh2, Anita Jagetia2, AK Srivastava2, Hukum Singh2 
1 Department of Pathology, GIPMER, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Neurosurgery, GIPMER, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Ravindra K Saran
Department of Pathology, GIPMER, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg, 64 Khamba, New Delhi
India

Background: Tanycytic ependymoma (TE) (WHO grade II) is a rare and morphologically distinct variant of ependymoma with only 77 cases reported worldwide so far. Variable clinical and radio-pathological features lead to misdiagnosis as WHO grade 1 tumors. On imaging, differentials of either schwannoma, meningioma, low-grade glial (like angiocentric glioma), or myxopapillary ependymoma are considered. In this study, we aim to discuss clinical, radiological, and pathological features of TE from our archives. Method: We report clinicopathological aspects of six cases of TE from archives of tertiary care center between 2016 and 2018. Detailed histological assessment in terms of adequate tissue sampling and immunohistochemistry was done for each case. Result: The patient's age ranged between 10 and 53 years with a slight male predilection. Intraspinal location was seen in two cases (intramedullary and extramedullary), three cases were cervicomedullary (intramedullary), and one was intracranial. One case was associated with neurofibromatosis type 2. Four cases mimicked as either schwannoma or low-grade glial tumor on squash smears. On imaging, ependymoma as differential was kept in only two cases and misclassified remaining either as low-grade glial or schwannoma. Discussion: In initial published reports, the spine is the most common site (50.4%) followed by intracranial (36.4%) and cervicomedullary (3.9%). They have also highlighted the challenges in diagnosing them intraoperatively and radiologically. Treatment is similar to conventional ependymoma if diagnosed accurately. A multidisciplinary approach with the integration of neurosurgeon, neuroradiologist, and neuropathologist is required for accurate diagnosis and better treatment of patients.


How to cite this article:
Jain P, Saran RK, Singh D, Jagetia A, Srivastava A K, Singh H. Tanycytic ependymoma: highlighting challenges in radio-pathological diagnosis.Indian J Pathol Microbiol 2021;64:633-637


How to cite this URL:
Jain P, Saran RK, Singh D, Jagetia A, Srivastava A K, Singh H. Tanycytic ependymoma: highlighting challenges in radio-pathological diagnosis. Indian J Pathol Microbiol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 27 ];64:633-637
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