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Abstract

All patients with oligodendrogliomas (554) from the repository of the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology were retrospectively analyzed. The pathological diagnosis was confirmed in 323 patients and each case was graded according to a previously established grading system. The clinical features of these 323 verified cases of oligodendroglioma are presented, analyzed, and compared with findings in previous studies. There is a significant age skew according to tumor grade, with 68% of patients with grade A tumors under 40 years and 83% of patients with grade D tumors over 40 years of age. Headache was the most common symptom, followed by seizure, visual loss, papilledema, paralysis, and dementia. No symptoms showed a statistically significant correlation with tumor grade. However, tumor grading allowed significant prognostic statements to be made. Attention is drawn to several often neglected symptoms of oligodendrogliomas: ataxia, hemorrhage, stroke, and cerebrospinal fluid spread. This is, to our knowledge, the largest clinicopathological study of oligodendrogliomas to date.