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2021 Jul 16

Childs Nerv Syst

A pediatric cerebral tumor with MN1 alteration and pathological features mimicking carcinoma metastasis: may the terminology “high grade neuroepithelial tumor with MN1 alteration” still be relevant?


Astroblastoma, MN1-altered (old name: high-grade neuroepithelial tumor/HGNET with MN1 alteration) is a recently described central nervous system tumor mostly affecting pediatric patients and profoundly young girls. Differential pathological diagnoses of these tumors include ependymoma, pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma, embryonal tumor with multilayered rosettes, meningioma, and even glioblastoma. As the treatment approaches to these tumors differ, it is essential to increase the awareness about these tumors in the neurosurgical community.