Intraventricular cerebral neuroblastoma. Analysis of subtypes and comparison with hemispheric neuroblastoma

Arch Pathol Lab Med. 1994 Sep;118(9):897-911.


Two cases of intraventricular neuroblastomas were compared with cases of intraventricular and hemispheric neuroblastomas that have been reported in the published literature. The following order of tumor subtypes was found in patients with increasing age: hemispheric neuroblastoma, intraventricular undifferentiated neuroblastoma, intraventricular differentiated neuroblastoma, and intraventricular neurocytoma; for patients with intraventricular neuroblastomas, this was also the order of increasing cellular maturation and survival. Neuronal morphologic or epitope differentiation was associated with a longer survival time than lack of differentiation by Kaplan-Meier product-limit estimates and with a better survival rate (chi 2) for intraventricular tumors but not for hemispheric tumors. Pathologic distinction of a neurocytoma was confirmed with immunostaining or ultrastructural studies that suggested that a neurocytoma is a matured neuroblastoma of a granule-cell (interneuron) phenotype. Differences among neuroblastoma groups bolster previous suggestions that intraventricular tumors arise differently than do cases of hemispheric tumors and follow a more benign course when neuronal differentiation is present.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Cerebral Ventricle Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Cerebral Ventricle Neoplasms / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Microscopy, Electron
  • Neuroblastoma / diagnostic imaging
  • Neuroblastoma / pathology*
  • Radiography