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Museum of Pathology

ASTROCYTOMA

ASTROCYTOMA

Clinical History

The patient, a 68 year old female, had a history of diabetes, chronic nephritis and Parkinsonism. She presented with instability of her diabetes following a 7 day history of vomiting. She was hypertensive, had absent reflexes and bilateral Babinski responses. Over 3 days she deteriorated and died.

Pathology

The specimen is of cerebrum sliced coronally to show the region of the basal ganglia. Arising from the floor of the left lateral ventricle is a small 6mm in diameter solid-looking tumour. The upper anterior part of the left putamen, globus pallidus and caudate nucleus are wasted and the adjacent lateral ventricle is dilated.

Diagnosis

Histologically the tumour was a well differentiated astrocytoma.