Pilocytic Astrocytoma

Stemming from the Latin word “Pilos”, meaning “resembling or composed of hair”, pilocytic astrocytomas are named as such because of their long hair-like gliofibrillary processes (clear arrows) that stem off of slender bipolar nuclei (black arrows), which are best seen on smear preparation of fresh tissue (depicted here).

pilocytic astrocytomas

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