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Rosette-Forming Glioneuronal Tumor (RGNT)

Last Updated: March 27, 2020

Open Table of Contents: Rosette-Forming Glioneuronal Tumor (RGNT)

Figure 1: This mildly complex, circumscribed T2-FLAIR hyperintense rosette-forming glioneuronal tumor fills and expands the fourth ventricle (left), contributing to hydrocephalus in this patient, but causes little edema. The tumor demonstrates a heterogeneous internal pattern of enhancement (right).

Basic Description

  • Uncommon, slow-growing, and benign tumor usually arising in the posterior fossa


  • WHO grade I
  • Composed of pseudorosette-forming neurocytes and astrocytes
  • No malignant transformation

Clinical Features

  • Affects young adults (mean 30 years old)
  • Female gender predilection (2:1)
  • Commonly presents with signs/symptoms of increased intracranial pressure secondary to obstructive hydrocephalus
    • Headache, nausea, ataxia, vertigo
  • Treatment: surgical resection
  • Prognosis: recurrence uncommon following total resection; 5-year survival 90%

Imaging Features

  • General
    • Mixed solid-cystic tumor ± calcification, hemorrhage; may be solid
    • Minimal peritumoral edema
    • Majority arise in 4th ventricle or midline cerebellum
    • Pineal, CPA cistern, or hemispheric locations are uncommon
  • CT

    • Solid-cystic midline posterior fossa mass
  • MRI

    • T1WI: hypo- to isointense
    • T2WI: usually hyperintense with cystic or bubbly appearance; ± flow voids
    • FLAIR: heterogeneously hyperintense
    • T2*/GRE/SWI: black signal blooming in foci of calcification, hemorrhage
    • T1WI+C: variable enhancement

Imaging Recommendations

  • MRI with contrast

For more information, please see the corresponding chapter in Radiopaedia.

Contributor: Rachel Seltman, MD

DOI: https://doi.org/10.18791/nsatlas.v1.03.01.37


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