Objects: A pilomyxoid astrocytoma (PmA) is considered to be either a more aggressive variant of a pediatric pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) or a tumor of a separate entity. Methods: We present two cases of pediatric optic-chiasmatic PmA. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging (MRSI) of the PmA revealed decreased concentrations of total choline (Cho), creatine (Cr), and N-acetyl aspartate (NAA). In contrast, proton MR spectra of PAs showed elevated Cho and decreased Cr and NAA signals. Conclusion: Low metabolite concentrations in PmAs detected by MRSI may therefore help to distinguish PmAs from PAs preoperatively.
- Pediatric brain tumor
- Pilocytic astrocytoma
- Pilomyxoid astrocytoma
- Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Clinical Neurology