Eye

Retina

Astrocytic tumor



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Minor changes: 18 December 2020

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PubMed Search: Astrocytic tumor retina

Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Astrocytic tumor. PathologyOutlines.com website. https://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/eyeretinaastrocytictumor.html. Accessed December 6th, 2021.
Definition / general
  • Associated with tuberous sclerosis (57%), neurofibromatosis (14%), or no syndrome (29%)
  • Tuberous sclerosis patients usually have multiple, peripheral retinal tumors with giant astrocytes vs. disc based tumors in non tuberous sclerosis patients
  • Usually benign and extremely rare in retina
  • References: Arch Pathol Lab Med 1984;108:160
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Interlacing, spindle shaped astrocytes
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