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On imaging, these tumors share common features with diffuse low-grade astrocytomas, however, they tend to present with contrast enhancement. Anaplastic astrocytomas occur in adulthood with a peak incidence between 40 and 50 years of age, which is older than low-grade astrocytomas and younger than glioblastomas 1.
The key features present in anaplastic astrocytomas that are absent in low-grade tumors are mitotic activity and cellular pleomorphism. Unlike glioblastomas, however, they do not demonstrate necrosis or vascular proliferation. CT appearances are intermediate, appearing as regions of low attenuation with positive mass effect. Enhancement is variable. Anaplastic astrocytomas appear similar to low-grade astrocytomas but are more variable in appearance and a single tumor demonstrates more heterogeneity.
The key to distinguishing anaplastic astrocytomas from low-grade tumors is the presence of enhancement which should be absent in the latter although one should note that variants, especially gemistocytic astrocytomas , can demonstrate enhancement. The pattern of enhancement is very variable 1. Unlike glioblastomas , anaplastic astrocytomas lack frank necrosis, and as such central non-enhancing fluid intensity regions should be absent 1.
Compared to glioblastomas, there are relatively few trials looking at treatment regimens for anaplastic astrocytoma 3.
This depends on the treating clinician's preference, the degree of resection, patient demographics and whether or not the tumor has recurred. As is the case with everything about anaplastic astrocytomas, the prognosis is also intermediate between low-grade astrocytomas and glioblastomas. Typically patients succumb to their tumor in years, often with transformation into a glioblastoma 4.
The differential, given the heterogeneous and variable appearance of these tumors, is relatively wide and includes:. Please Note: You can also scroll through stacks with your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys.
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