Metastatic juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma. Case report

J Neurosurg. 1991 Dec;75(6):972-5. doi: 10.3171/jns.1991.75.6.0972.


The authors report the case of a metastatic juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma of the hypothalamic region in a 10-year-old boy. Eight years after craniotomy and radiation therapy, the tumor spread via cerebrospinal fluid pathways to the left cerebellar tonsil and the lumbosacral region. Histological evaluation of both the original hypothalamic and the new lumbosacral masses showed features of a slow-growing juvenile pilocytic astrocytoma with no evidence of malignant transformation. The clinical implications and possible mechanisms of metastatic spread are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Astrocytoma / diagnosis
  • Astrocytoma / secondary*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Cerebellar Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Cerebellar Neoplasms / secondary*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Spinal Cord Neoplasms / secondary*