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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 1517-1518

Medulloblastoma with extensive nodularity: A rare variant with a favorable outcome

1 Department of Pathology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
2 Department of Radiology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
3 Department of Neurosurgery, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Date of Web Publication17-Sep-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Challa Sundaram
Department of Pathology, Nizam's Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad - 500 082, Telangana
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.241357

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Jakati S, Jyotsna RY, Purohit A K, Sundaram C. Medulloblastoma with extensive nodularity: A rare variant with a favorable outcome. Neurol India 2018;66:1517-8

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Jakati S, Jyotsna RY, Purohit A K, Sundaram C. Medulloblastoma with extensive nodularity: A rare variant with a favorable outcome. Neurol India [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Feb 16];66:1517-8. Available from:

A 3-year old female child was admitted with a history of listlessness for 3 months and vomiting for 15 days. On examination, there was bilateral papilloedema and no focal neurological deficits. Computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) showed a characteristic nodular (grape-like) mass in the fourth ventricle with hydrocephalus. The post-contrast CT scan showed enhancement of the nodules at the periphery. The isointense lesion on T1- and T2-weighted MRI images showed a heterogeneous contrast enhancement [Figure 1]. Craniotomy and near-total excision of the mass was performed. Histology showed multiple small nodules with pale staining areas composed of neuropil and few small round cells in a laminar pattern, which were strongly positive with synaptophysin, and had a low Ki 67 index [Figure 2]. The internodular areas were narrow, cellular, had a high Ki 67 index and were Bcl2 (b-cell lymphoma-2) positive. With a diagnosis of medulloblastoma with extensive nodularity (MBEN), she was treated with radiotherapy.
Figure 1: (a) Post contrast T1weighted sagittal section and (b) post contrast CT scan of the brain axial section show a large lobulated heterogeneously enhancing mass at the floor of fourth ventricle with multiple peripherally enhancing nodules causing gross hydrocephalus

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Figure 2: Photomicrographs of MBEN show (a) multiple small nodules, [hematoxylin and eosin (H and E) ×40]; (b) intranodular small round cells in a laminar pattern with neuropil background (H and E, ×400); (c) nodules were highlighted by the reticulin stain (reticulin stain ×100); (d and e) small round cells were positive for synaptophysin (synaptophysin ×100, ×400); (f) neurofilament positivity was seen in the background neuropil (neurofilament ×400)

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MBEN constitutes 3% of medulloblastomas (MBs), and occurs in children less than 3 years of age.[1],[2],[3] The characteristic MRI findings permit the establishment of a preoperative diagnosis.[4],[5] The histopathology is a very strong and independent prognostic factor for young children with desmoplastic/nodular MB and MBEN; however, there is overlap between the two.[2],[3] MBEN differs in the age, location, and prognosis, but shares nodularity and activation of the sonic hedgehog pathway with desmoplastic MB.[2] The excellent survival for MBEN is attributed to surgical resectability and extensive neuronal differentiation.[1] It is important to recognize MBEN as it is associated with a favorable outcome and de-escalation of treatment may be considered.

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