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2019 Mar

CNS Oncol



A case report of high-grade astroblastoma in a young adult.


Bhalerao S, Nagarkar R, Adhav A
CNS Oncol. 2019 Mar; 8(1):CNS29.
PMID: 30813777.


Astroblastoma is an uncommon neuroepithelial primary tumor of the brain which is of uncertain origin. We present a case of high-grade astroblastoma in an 18-year-old female with a severe headache, loss of appetite, vomiting and generalized weakness. The patient had undergone a right frontoparietal craniotomy. Large subfalcine meningioma was excised. The lesion was suspected to be a meningioma. Primary radiological investigation revealed a 6.8 cm × 5.8 cm × 5.4 cm lesion. Although the radiological and intraoperative findings were of an extra-axial tumor, the histology and immunophenotype was of an astroblastoma. The patient was treated with cyclophosphamide, cisplatin and etoposide chemotherapy regimen. The patient was later treated with bi-weekly bevacizumab. The patient had improved symptomatically post-chemotherapy. However, there was no significant difference in lesion size. The patient died after 2 weeks. The prognosis of patients with astroblastoma is extremely poor as observed in our case.