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Tuesday 13 July 2004

capillary hemangioblastoma, hemangioblastomas

Definition: Capillary hemangioblastomas are benign tumors, mostly observed in the central nervous system (intraneural hemangioblastoma). However, it can be observed elsewhere (extraneural hemangioblastoma).


- Hemangiomblastoma of cerebellum

renal extraneural hemangioblastoma

It is a tumor of unknown histogenesis that arises primarily in the posterior cranial fossa, either as a sporadic event or in association with von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL).

Capillary hemangioblastomas of the central nervous system are benign tumors and occur either sporadically or in 25% of cases as a manifestation of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease. VHL alleles are reported to be inactivated in up to 50% of sporadic and 100% in VHL-associated hemangioblastomas.

A rarer cellular and a more common reticular variant can be distinguished on the basis of the abundance of the stromal cell component, with the cellular variant being significantly associated with a greater probability of recurrence.

They are characterized histologically by the 2 main components of large vacuolated stromal cells and a rich capillary network and can be subclassified into 2 variants on the basis of the abundance of the stromal cell component:
- the rarer cellular hemangioblastomas defined by zellballen-like cellular clusters of uniform tumor cells (11.4%)
- the more common reticular subtype showing abundant capillaries and stromal cells.

CGH (16949923)

- Losses of

  • Chr.19 losses (35%)
  • Chr.6 losses (30%),
  • 22q losses (15%),
  • Chr. 3 losses

- Gains

Cellular and reticular variants of hemangioblastoma differ in their cytogenetic profiles (16949923).

Molecular biology

- 3p25 LOH: VHL locus (15535134)
- 6q LOH (15535134, 11943349)
- 22q13 LOH (15343513)


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