Pathology of Pineal Parenchymal Tumors

Seunggu J. Han, Aaron J. Clark, Michael E. Ivan, Andrew T. Parsa, Arie Perry

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Tumors of the pineal region can arise from multiple cellular origins and thus represent a very heterogeneous group of pathologies. Such tumors include pineal parenchymal tumors, germ cell tumors, astrocytomas, ependymomas, and papillary pineal tumors. Within the subgroup of pineal parenchymal tumors, there is a histopathologic spectrum ranging from pineocytoma to pineal parenchymal tumors of intermediate differentiation to pineoblastoma. The current World Health Organization classification and the pathologic features of each of the pineal parenchymal tumor subtypes are reviewed in this article.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalNeurosurgery clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Pineal parenchymal tumors
  • Pineal parenchymal tumors of intermediate determination
  • Pineoblastomas
  • Pineocytomas

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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