Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Best Post of January 2018: Choroidal ganglioneuronal hamartoma in an NF1 patient

The next in our "Best of the Month" series is from January 30, 2018:

Thanks to Dr. Ahmed Gilani (pediatric pathology fellow at the University of Colorado) for providing me with slides of an enucleation specimen from a patient with Von Recklinghausen Neurofibromatosis (NF-1). The specimen exhibits a region of choroidal expansion with hamartomatous neuroglial tissue. Distributed throughout this choroidal expansion are non-pigmented ovoid bodies, which have a delicately laminated appearance reflecting the presence of concentric Schwann cell processes. One might conceive of these choroidal expansions as cousins of iridic Lisch nodules.

Choroidal expansion in an enucleation specimen from a child with NF1

Ganglion-like cells within the choroidal expansion

Ovoid body within choroidal expansion

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