Case Report

Brain Tumor Pathology

, Volume 19, Issue 2, pp 93-96

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A melanotic desmoplastic medulloblastoma: Report of a rare case and review of the literature

  • M. C. SharmaAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • , M. AgarwalAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • , A. SuriAffiliated withDepartment of Neurosurgery, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • , S. GaikwadAffiliated withDepartment of Neuroradiology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • , P. MukhopadhyayAffiliated withDepartment of Radiation Oncology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences
  • , C. SarkarAffiliated withDepartment of Pathology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences Email author 

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Abstract

A 28-year-old man had a desmoplastic medullo-blastoma in the vermis and left cerebellum. This tumor was composed of nodular, reticulin-free zones (pale islands) surrounded by densely packed, highly proliferative cells that produced a dense intercellular reticulin network. Some of the cells were heavily pigmented, and this pigment proved to be melanin. Adult age, desmoplastic nature, and melanin pigmentation are some of the rare features of this tumor that need documentation. Further, this pigment was in the primitive cells, unlike in the published cases, in which it was present in the tubular or tubulopapillary component. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first published case of desmoplastic pigmented medulloblastoma, and the patient is the oldest reported to have this tumor.

Key words

Melanotic medulloblastoma Pigmented Melanin Desmoplastic Adult PNET Central nervous system Tumor