Gliomatosis cerebri--an appropriate diagnosis? Case reports

Acta Radiol. 1997 May;38(3):381-90. doi: 10.1080/02841859709172088.


Purpose: To evaluate the premises for the diagnosis gliomatosis cerebri in relation to diffuse astrocytomas.

Material and methods: CT, MR images and pathological analyses were used to assess the cases of 4 patients with diffusely infiltrating astrocytic tumours that radiologically, clinically and pathologically resembled gliomatosis cerebri.

Results and conclusion: Some astrocytomas have an immense potential for diffuse infiltration and they would seem to be more frequent than recognized hitherto. The definition of gliomatosis cerebri as a separate entity is questionable, and a diagnosis of diffusely infiltrating astrocytoma is recommended in such cases.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Astrocytoma / diagnosis
  • Astrocytoma / pathology
  • Biopsy
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Brain Neoplasms / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Glioblastoma / diagnosis
  • Glioblastoma / pathology
  • Glioma / diagnosis*
  • Glioma / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed