CNS tumor
Astrocytic tumors
Granular cell astrocytoma

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

Revised: 25 August 2017, last major update March 2012

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Cite this page: Abdelzaher, E. Granular cell astrocytoma. website. Accessed September 25th, 2018.
Definition / general
Case reports
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Prominent population of atypical granular cells (large, round with eosinophilic, PAS+ granules, eccentric nuclei), often with transition to a classic infiltrating glioma; often lymphocytic infiltrate or macrophages
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Neoplastic cells

Various stains

Positive stains
Electron microscopy description
  • Cytoplasmic granules are lysosomes, some autophagic
Differential diagnosis
  • Demyelinating disease
  • Histiocytic lesions
  • Infarctions