Cutaneous Glial and Meningothelial Proliferations

  • Zsolt ArgenyiEmail author
  • Chris H. Jokinen
Part of the Current Clinical Pathology book series (CCPATH)


Glial and meningothelial proliferations of the skin are rare. In this chapter, nasal glioma (glial heterotopia), meningocele, and cutaneous meningioma are discussed. As a group, these lesions represent a spectrum of abnormalities related to abnormal closure of the neural tube or abnormal migration of neural crest cells during development; therefore, semantically some of them are not considered true neoplasms, but as ectopic or heterotopic cell nests which can be the origin of a neoplastic proliferation.


Cutaneous glial and meningothelial tumors Definition Classification Histogenesis Diagnostic features Differential diagnosis Heterotopic glial tissue Meningioma Meningocele Encephalocele 

Additional Reading

Cutaneous Meningioma

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SeattleUSA
  2. 2.Department of PathologyEssentia Health, Duluth ClinicDuluthUSA

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