DNA methylation array analysis for diffuse leptomeningeal glioneuronal tumor with conspicuous hypothalamic mass. A case report

Seiji Yamada, Motoki Tanikawa, Hiromi Shibata, Mai Honda-Kitahara, Yoshiko Nakano, Kaishi Satomi, Tomohiro Sakata, Takanori Hirose, Koichi Ichimura, Mitsuhito Mase

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Diffuse leptomeningeal glioneuronal tumor (DLGNT) is a rare glioneuronal neoplasm newly included in the 2016 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System. Owing to the wide spectrum of its histopathological and radiological features, accurate diagnosis can be challenging. Recently, molecular testing including DNA methylation array has been introduced with the possibility of improving diagnostic accuracy and contributing to the subtyping especially for brain tumors with ambiguous histology. Two molecularly distinct subtypes of DLGNT have been reported: methylation class-1 (MC-1) with an indolent clinical course and MC-2, the latter aggressive. Herein, we report a case of a 14-year-old girl with a conspicuous hypothalamic mass lesion and diffuse leptomeningeal enhancement on magnetic resonance imaging. Biopsy specimens obtained from the hypothalamic lesion endoscopically were mainly composed of oligodendrocyte-like cells. However, it was difficult to make a definite diagnosis from these non-specific histological findings. Thus, DNA methylation array analysis was performed additionally by using formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue, resulting in a diagnosis of “MC-1 subtype of DLGNT” with a high calibrated score (0.99). Consequently, she was treated conservatively, with neither progression of the tumor nor aggravation of symptoms for the next 12 months. It was concluded that DNA methylation array analysis for DLGNT, a rare glioneuronal tumor, could be a powerful tool not only for accurate diagnosis but also decision-making in selecting the best treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)512-518
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 12-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Clinical Neurology


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