Author(s): BackerGrndahl T, Moen BH, Torp SH
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Abstract Histopathological examination and grading of meningiomas gives valuable prognostic information, although the method is subject for interobserver variability. The aim of this study was to review a large series of human meningiomas in order to examine the frequency of benign (grade I), atypical (grade II), and anaplastic (grade III) forms depending on various WHO classification schemes. In addition, we wanted to describe the frequency of various histopathological features and their mutual correlations. Sections from 196 consecutively treated primary human meningioma patients were revised retrospectively. The established criteria to grade meningiomas, which are also known to be associated with tumorigenesis, were shown to correlate significantly. The number of grade II meningiomas increased when using the WHO 2007 classification (30\%) compared with previous editions, mainly due to the definition of brain infiltrating meningiomas as atypical (grade II). bimodal frequency distribution among age groups of females was observed. Continuous revision of histopathological classification systems is required to improve the diagnostic accuracy.
This article was published in Int J Clin Exp Pathol
and referenced in Journal of Brain Tumors & Neurooncology
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