The Manchester criteria for Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) includes a range of tumours, and gliomas were incorporated in the original description. The gliomas are now widely accepted to be predominantly spinal cord ependymomas.
We have reviewed our database to determine whether these gliomas includes any cases of malignant glioma (WHO grade III and IV).
The prospective database consists of 1253 patients with NF2. 1009 are known to be alive at last follow up.
There was a single case of glioblastoma multiforme (GBM; WHO grade IV) in the series and no WHO grade III gliomas The GBM was in a patient who had previously undergone stereotactic radiosurgery for a vestibular schwannoma.
High grade gliomas are not a feature of NF2 in the unirradiated patient and should be excluded from the diagnostic criteria.