Primary histiocytosis X of the parieto-occipital lobe

Brenda Eriksen, James Janinis, Daina Variakojis, Jane Winter, Eric Russel, Robert Marder, Mauro C. DalCanto

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Immunohistochemical and ultrastructural evidence support the concept that histocytosis X is the result of proliferation of pathological Langerhan's cells. Central nervous system involvement by histiocytosis X has been commonly described in multisystem disease and in association with lytic skull lesions. Unifocal brain involvement by histiocytosis X without concommitant osseous involvement is rare, with only 14 cases reported in the literature to date. Ten of these cases have involved the hypothalamus; the remaining four have involved the frontal lobe (two cases) and the temporal lobe (two cases). The fifth case of extrahypothalamic unifocal histiocytosis X, the first female case, and the first case with parieto-occipital lobe involvement, is reported. Pathology demonstrated infiltration of brain parenchyma by clusters of characteristic histiocytosis X cells with an admixture of morphologically related giant cells, eosinophils, and lymphocytes. Langerhan's granules were identified in the histiocytosis X cells by electron microscopy. Immunohistochemistry showed strong S-100 protein, HLA-DR, and T6 antigen positivity by the histiocytosis X cells. Therapy included complete surgical excision and postoperative radiation therapy for the incompletely excised lesion. Patients with unifocal extrahypothalamic histiocytosis X may have a better prognosis than patients with localized hypothalamic disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)611-614
Number of pages4
JournalHuman pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1988


  • CNS tumor
  • extrahypothalmic
  • parieto-occipital lobe
  • primary histiocytosis X
  • unifocal eosinophilic granuloma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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