Brain Tumor Pathology

, Volume 34, Issue 1, pp 42–47 | Cite as

Granular cells in oligodendroglioma suggest a neoplastic change rather than a reactive phenomenon: case report with molecular characterisation

  • Shilpa Rao
  • Palavalasa Sravya
  • Chitra Chandran
  • Jitender Saini
  • Sampath Somanna
  • Vani Santosh
Case Report


Oligodendrogliomas are diffuse gliomas characterised by IDH mutation and 1p/19q co-deletion. Classical oligodendrocytes, minigemistocytes, gliofibrillary oligodendrocytes, granular cells, and mucocytes are morphologic cell types described in oligodendroglioma. Even though the occurrence of granular cells in oligodendroglioma is known, exact nature of these cells and their molecular characteristics remain undetermined. We describe a case of oligodendroglioma with granular cells, in which we have attempted to molecularly characterise the granular cells. These granules were stained blue on Luxol fast blue and red on Masson’s trichrome. The cells showed a distinct pattern of immunoreactivity to GFAP and IDH1. In addition, they exhibited mitotic activity and increased Ki-67 labelling. Molecularly, both the granular cells and classical oligodendroglial cells in the tumor showed 1p/19q co-deletion which is the diagnostic hallmark of an oligodendroglioma. Thus, we opine that granular cells are neoplastic and represent a morphological variant of neoplastic oligodendrocyte.


Granular cells 1p/19q co-deletion Neoplastic 



The authors acknowledge the technical assistance of Mr. M. R. Chandrashekar and Mr. Manjunath K, in microphotography, Department of Neuropathology, NIMHANS, Bangalore.

Compliance with ethical standards

The study has been approved by the ethics committee (NIMHANS IEC 9.01) and the patient has given informed consent prior to inclusion in the study.

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shilpa Rao
    • 1
  • Palavalasa Sravya
    • 2
  • Chitra Chandran
    • 1
  • Jitender Saini
    • 3
  • Sampath Somanna
    • 4
  • Vani Santosh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeuropathologyNational Institute of Mental Health and NeurosciencesBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of Clinical NeurosciencesNational Institute of Mental Health and NeurosciencesBangaloreIndia
  3. 3.Department of Neuroimaging and Intervention RadiologyNational Institute of Mental Health and NeurosciencesBangaloreIndia
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryNational Institute of Mental Health and NeurosciencesBangaloreIndia

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