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J Pak Med Assoc. 2012 Feb;62(2):175-7.

Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma: an atypical astrocytoma.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, Liaquat National Hospital, Karachi.


Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) is rare primary neoplasm of brain. Despite its pleomorphic appearance, it has a relatively good prognosis. We report a case of biopsy proven pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma in a young male who presented with visual and sensory symptoms, classical neuroimaging findings and showed remarkable recovery, post surgery. We have also reviewed recent literature focusing on neuroimaging, histopathology and prognostic markers of the tumour.

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