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The 2016 World Health Organization classification of tumours of the central nervous system: what the paediatric neuroradiologist needs to know

Authors: Sahil Chhabda, Olivia Carney, Felice D’Arco, Thomas S. Jacques, Kshitij Mankad

Abstract

The recently published 2016 World Health Organization (WHO) classification of tumours of the Central Nervous System (CNS) introduces a number of significant changes from the previous edition. Based on an improved understanding of the genetic and molecular basis of tumorigenesis there has been a shift towards defining tumours by means of these characteristics in addition to their histological features, thus providing an integrated diagnosis. In this article, we will provide a concise overview of the salient changes in the 2016 WHO classification of tumours of the CNS that are of relevance to the paediatric neuroradiologist when it comes to day-to-day reporting.

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