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

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Diffuse astrocytoma protoplasmic

Cite this page: Abdelzaher, E. Diffuse astrocytoma - protoplasmic. website. Accessed June 21st, 2018.
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


Positive stains
Differential diagnosis