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CD10 and inhibin are used mainly in CNS pathology to distinguish hemangioblastoma from metastatic clear cell renal cell carcinoma. Some meningiomas can mimic both tumors and so we aimed at this study to investigate the expression of both markers in a large number of meningioma cases. One hundred thirty-four meningioma samples were collected, 14 of them were spinal and 120 were intracranial. Manual TMA blocks were constructed using modified mechanical pencil tip method and immunohistochemistry for CD10 and inhibin was done. Intracranial meningioma occurred in significantly younger age than spinal ones. Most of spinal meningiomas were of transitional histology. CD10 was expressed in 14% of cases with significant positivity in spinal rather than intracranial cases. Transitional meningiomas showed the highest positivity for CD10 expression, while the least positive was the meningiotheliomatous type. Inhibin was expressed in 6% of cases with no significant relation to clinicopathological and histological features. There was no significant relationship between the expression of CD10 and inhibin expression in meningiomas. In conclusion, spinal meningiomas differ than intracranial ones in many clinicopathological and biological aspects. Among these differences is CD10 expression being more expressed in spinal meningiomas. However CD10 and inhibin are aberrantly expressed in a proportion of meningiomas, both have no relations to poor prognostic factors but more caution should be exerted during usage of these markers in diagnosis of hemangioblastoma and metastatic RCC. Further studies are suggested for exploring more biological differences between spinal and intracranial meningiomas.


Abd AlRahman Mohammad Foda, Samia Rafi, Nadeem Ikram, Mariya Syed Alam, Sana Ayesha. Spinal Versus Intracranial Meningioma: Aberrant Expression of CD10 and Inhibin with Relation to Clinicopathological Features and Prognosis. Pathology oncology research : POR. 2020 Apr;26(2):1313-1318

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PMID: 31372897

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