True Ependymal Rosettes in Ependymoma

The microscopic appearance of ependymomas is dominated by the presence of radially-arranged tumor cells forming rosettes (black arrows), which are named for their resemblance to the flower-like architecture of rose windows in gothic cathedrals.  The perivascular pseudorosette, characterized by tumor cells radially arranged around a central vessel, is more common by far, but it is not specific to... Continue Reading →

Stroke: Resolving Infarction

Brain infarction, or stroke, refers to brain tissue death due to a lack of life-sustaining blood flow to this area.  This brain, which belonged to a person with extensive cardiovascular disease, shows a resolving infarction involving the cerebral cortex of the occipital lobe.  Microscopically this yellow-brown discolored area is infiltrated by an army of macrophages that slowly removes the dead brain tissue until,... Continue Reading →

Glomus Jugulare Tumor

Glomus jugulare tumor is a slow-growing neoplasm that is often found incidentally. It arises within the jugular foramen of the temporal bone, near the opening of the foramen magnum (the large hole at the base of the skull where the spinal cord and brainstem connect).  The jugular foramen contains the cranial nerves IX, X, and XI and patients will often present with... Continue Reading →

Acute Traumatic Brain Injury – Hemorrhagic Infarction

Acute traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in a variety of hemorrhagic cerebral insults leading to brain death.  This photograph depicting a brain of a person involved in a motor vehicle accident, shows a large hemorrhage in the left temporal-occipital region that 1. involves the brain tissue proper (i.e. intraparenchymal hemorrhage), 2. extends beneath the arachnoid layer of... Continue Reading →

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