Ganglioglioma in the thalamus of a puppy

J Vet Med Sci. 2003 Jan;65(1):113-5. doi: 10.1292/jvms.65.113.


A solitary brain mass of a 4-month-old miniature dachshund showing seizure-like neurological signs was examined histopathologically. At necropsy a white tumor mass, replacing the thalamus, approximately 1.5 cm in diameter, was found. There was cystic space filled with yellowish pale fluid in the central area of the tumor mass. Histopathological examination revealed that the mass consisted of irregularly arranged well-differentiated neuronal and glial cells, and multifocal mineral deposits. The neuronal cells had a large clear nucleus and various amount of Nissl substances in the cytoplasm. Some neural cells were bi-nucleated. Neither mitotic figures nor proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA)-positive nuclei was found in the neuronal cells. Immunostaining for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) revealed diffuse proliferation of GFAP-positive glial cells and their processes, while these glial cells did not show apparent cellular atypism, mitotic activity, or PCNA-immunoreactivity. Accordingly, the present tumor was diagnosed as ganglioglioma, and hamartomatous histogenesis might be possible.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Brain Neoplasms / veterinary*
  • Dog Diseases / pathology*
  • Dogs
  • Ganglioglioma / pathology*
  • Ganglioglioma / veterinary*
  • Male
  • Thalamus / pathology*