CNS tumor
Choroid plexus tumors
Choroid plexus carcinoma

Topic Completed: 1 January 2006

Revised: 1 January 2018, last major update January 2006

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PubMed Search: Choroid plexus carcinoma [title]

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Definition / general
  • WHO grade III of IV
  • Extremely rare
  • Resembles metastatic carcinoma but usually occurs in children
  • Associated with germline p53 mutations (Eur J Cancer 2005;41:1597)
Case reports
Gross description
  • Well circumscribed, brown red, cauliflower-like mass
  • Variable hemorrhage, necrosis and invasiveness
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Sheets of anaplastic tumor cells with necrosis, frequent mitotic figures
  • Focal papillary areas resemble papilloma but with more crowded and elongated cells
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Predominately papillary or filiform architecture

Bizarre nuclei, brisk mitotic rate

Low molecular weight keratin

GFAP (focal)


Positive stains
Differential diagnosis
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