Contrast-enhancement in supratentorial low-grade gliomas: a classic prognostic factor in the molecular age.


Unit of Neuro-Oncology, Hospital Universitari de Bellvitge-Institut Català D'Oncologia L'Hospitalet, IDIBELL (Oncobell Program), Feixa Llarga s/n, 08907, Barcelona, Spain. [Email]


BACKGROUND : Contrast enhancement (CE) is found in 10-60% of low-grade gliomas. Its prognostic significance is controversial, and its correlation with IDH mutations and 1p/19q codeletion is elusive. The aim of this study is to investigate whether CE is associated with molecular characteristics of low-grade gliomas and uncover its prognostic value.
METHODS : All confirmed histological cases of low-grade gliomas diagnosed at our institution between years 2000-2016 were reviewed (n = 102). Spinal and brainstem localization, only-biopsied tumours with ring-like enhancement and incomplete medical records were excluded.
RESULTS : Mean age was 42 years ( ± 13.9 years), and 63.6% were male. The median follow-up time was 79.8 months. CE was present on 25% of preoperative MRI, and 25% of patients were considered high-risk according to Pignatti score. Most were astrocytomas (67%) and 87.2% were surgically removed. IDH mutation was found in 64.6% of tumour samples, and 18.8% had a 1p/19q codeletion. No subgroup differences were observed according to CE except for presurgical performance status and postoperative chemotherapy. IDH status and 1p/19q codeletion were evenly distributed. On univariate analysis, age, size > 6 cm, CE, extent of resection, Pignatti score, IDH mutation and 1p/19q codeletion were significantly associated to OS. On multivariate analysis, only CE and IDH status were independently associated to OS. CE remained a significant prognostic factor in IDH-mutant non-codeleted tumours when analysed by tumour subtype.
CONCLUSIONS : CE in low-grade gliomas provides prognostic information in IDH-mutant non-codeleted tumours, although its meaning remains uncertain in IDH-wildtype gliomas.


Astrocytoma,Contrast-enhancement,IDH,Low-grade glioma,Prognosis,