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Zhong Nan Da Xue Xue Bao Yi Xue Ban. 2018 Apr 28;43(4):398-402. doi: 10.11817/j.issn.1672-7347.2018.04.010.

[Clinicopathological features for epithelioid glioblastoma: A newly defined tumor by the 2016 World Health Organization Classification of Tumors of the Central Nervous System].

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Department of Oncology, Guangdong 999 Brain Hospital, Guangzhou 510510, China.


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To retrospectively summarize the clinicopathological features of epithelioid glioblastoma (Ep-GBM) and to explore new treatment for Ep-GBM.
 Methods: The clinical data of 13 patients with Ep-GBM, who were treated in our department from March 2016 to July 2017, were retrospectively analyzed. The clinicopathological features were summarized and the efficacy was evaluated.
 Results: The positive rate of BRAFV600E mutant and INI-1 was 76.9% (10/13) and 80% (8/10), respectively, while the median Ki-67 index was 30%. Meningeal metastases occurred in 9 cases (69.7%) during the course. The median follow-up time was 12 (6-25) months, and the median progression-free time was 8.6 (2.2-16.5) months. Three patients died and the 1-year overall survival rate was 54%.
 Conclusion: Ep-GBM has a high degree of malignancy and is prone to spread to leptomeninges. INI-1 expression and BRAFV600E mutation are common for Ep-GBM. BRAF inhibitor might be a potential therapeutic drug for it.

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