Supratentorial hemangioblastoma: correlation between phenotype, gender and vascular territory affected

Yosef Laviv*, David Saraf, Liat Oxman, Ido Ben Zvi

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Supratentorial hemangioblastomas are rare, vascular lesions. The presence of peri-tumoral cysts and edema has meaningful clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic implications. Nevertheless, the pathogenesis of both cyst and edema formation is not fully understood. This study sought to determine if the radiologic phenotype of supratentorial hemangioblastoma is affected by the different cerebral arterial circulations. Review of the English-language literature from 1973 to 2023 yielded 53 cases of parenchymal supratentorial hemangioblastomas eligible for analysis. Patients were divided by the vascular territorial distribution of the lesions: anterior circulation (n = 36) or posterior circulation (n = 17), and the groups were compared for demographic, clinical, radiologic and molecular variables. Univariate analyses yielded a significant difference between the groups in five variables. Cystic changes and “classic” radiological phenotype were associated with hemangioblastomas of the posterior circulation (OR = 0.19, p = 0.045 and OR = 0.287, p = 0.048, respectively), while female gender, significant peritumoral edema and purely solid phenotype were associated with hemangioblastomas of the anterior circulation (OR = 3.384, p = 0.045 and OR = 5.25, p = 0.05 and OR = 14.0, p = 0.015; respectively). On multivariate analysis, solid phenotype and female gender remained significantly associated with the anterior circulation (OR = 36.04, p = 0.014 and OR = 4.45, p = 0.045). The incidence of von-Hippel Lindau disease was higher in the anterior-circulation group. Cystic tumors were present in all females in the posterior-circulation group compared to 43.4% in the anterior-circulation group (OR = 20.714, 95% CI 1.061 to 404.122; p = 0.045). Based on historical cases of supratentorial hemangioblastoma, this study shows that different tumor phenotypes are associated with the different cerebral circulations. Gender was also associated with differences in tumor distribution and radiologic phenotype. These novel data may improve our understanding of unique vascular diseases of the central nervous system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number281
JournalNeurosurgical Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • Circulation
  • Cyst
  • Gender
  • Hemangioblastoma
  • Solid
  • Supratentorial


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