Clonal cytogenetic abnormalities in pediatric brain tumors: Cytogenetic analysis and clinical correlation

M. Thangavelu, J. Turina, T. Tomita, Pauline M. Chou*

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The use of contemporary techniques in genetics has resulted in identifying a number of recurring abnormalities in pediatric brain tumors. This information has potential significance in the diagnosis and subtyping of these tumors. Although recurring genetic alterations have been identified in specific tumor types, there are some indications that pediatric brain tumors may be different cytogenetically from adult tumors. In addition, cytogenetic aberrations in certain tumors are associated with unfavorable outcome. In this report we present the cytogenetic characteristics of 14 brain tumors. The clinical outcome is correlated with cytogenetic abnormalities. Clonal abnormalities were observed in 6 of 14 (43%) tumors. All 7 cases had abnormalities specific to histologic subtype. Five of 6 cases with clonal abnormalities (83 %) and 2 of 8 with a normal karyotype (25%) were observed in patients with poor prognosis. We also describe the cytogenetic aberrations associated with progression in a rare pediatric brain tumor. This data suggests that cytogenetic analysis of pediatric brain tumors may not be entirely different from their adult counterpart and like the latter may be clinically relevant not only in diagnosis but also as a prognostic indicator.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-20
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998


  • Brain tumors
  • Childhood tumors
  • Chromosome abnormalities
  • Prognosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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