Multiple whole chromosomal gains define angiomatous meningiomas and are absent from the tumor vasculature

Jared T. Ahrendsen, Nancy Hsu, Zena Wolf, Christine Bryke, Hemant Varma*

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Angiomatous meningioma is a variant with prominent vascularity that can mimic other highly vascularized tumors and present diagnostic challenges. Unlike most meningioma variants, where NF2 gene loss on chromosome 22 is the most common genetic abnormality, angiomatous meningiomas are unique in having multiple whole chromosome gains (polysomies). We analyzed 38 meningiomas, 9 angiomatous (including 2 atypical and 1 anaplastic), and 29 nonangiomatous meningiomas, using array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH). Angiomatous meningiomas showed multiple chromosomal alterations including polysomies and copy neutral loss of heterozygosity in comparison to nonangiomatous variants. The most frequent gains were of chromosomes 5 and 20 (100% and 89% of cases, respectively); none showed chromosome 22 loss. Furthermore, using fluorescence in situ hybridization we show that the vasculature lacked chromosomal polysomy. While generally benign, we present 2 grade II and the first cytogenetically confirmed grade III angiomatous meningioma, demonstrating their potentially aggressive behavior. Thus, multiple polysomies define angiomatous meningioma and aCGH can distinguish this variant from nonangiomatous meningiomas and other histological mimics in diagnostically challenging cases. Furthermore, the prominent vasculature is not neoplastic and likely induced by angiogenic factors. Together, these findings suggest a distinct tumorigenic pathway in angiomatous meningiomas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)618-625
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of neuropathology and experimental neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2021


  • Angiomatous
  • Array comparative genomic hybridization (aCGH)
  • Cytogenetics
  • FISH
  • Meningioma
  • Polysomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


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