CNS tumor
Astrocytic tumors
Diffuse astrocytoma - protoplasmic

Author: Eman Abdelzaher, M.D., Ph.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 25 August 2017, last major update February 2012

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Cite this page: Abdelzaher, E. Diffuse astrocytoma - protoplasmic. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/cnstumordiffuseprotoplasmic.html. Accessed November 17th, 2017.
Definition / general
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Composed predominantly of uniform cells with small cell bodies and flaccid processes
  • Mucoid degeneration and microcysts are common
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Scant or vacuolated
cytoplasm with short
processes, vesicular nuclei
and prominent nucleoli

GFAP+

Positive stains
Differential diagnosis