Some Remarks on the Spongioblastoma of the Brain

  • K. J. Zülch
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica / Supplementum book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 10)


Bailey and Cashing introduced the name spongioblastoma unipolare in their system after the term had already been used for other tumours, probably for the first time by Kaufmann and later by Ribbert, in connection with an ependymoma-like tumour. The term “spongioblastoma unipolare” was not altogether satisfactory since the type of glioma to which Bailey and Cushing applied it consisted largely of bipolar cells. They sought however to make a distinction between this tumour and the spongioblastoma multiforme, a term which Globus and Strauss had in the meantime made popular. Bailey and Cushing pointed out that the spongioblasts were well demonstrated with gold sublimate in the spongioblastoma unipolare in which there were many immature astrocytes. The tumour had a predilection for the cerebellum and the chiasma and IIIrd ventricle. The average survival period was very long most of the tumours growing slowly in spite of the unfavourable location in many cases.


Cerebral Hemisphere Bipolar Cell Tumour Group Rosenthal Fibre Glial Fibre 
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