A Case Report of Infant-Type Hemispheric Glioma with a Novel GAB1-ABL2 Kinase Fusion Treated with Dasatinib

Emery Buckner-Wolfson, Geena Jung, Timothy Kim, Ryan Fatemi, Genesis Liriano, Nagma Dalvi, Mandana Behbahani, Steven Chin, Allison M. Martin, Andrew Kobets

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Introduction: Infant-type hemispheric glioma (IHG) is a rare form of cancer that affects newborns and infants. It is classified as a pediatric-type high-grade glioma and typically harbors receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) gene fusions. Here, we present the finding of a novel gene fusion IHG treated with a targeted therapy that has yet to be implemented for any other IHG case to date. Case Presentation: We report the case of a 12-month-old boy with IHG who presented with obstructive hydrocephalus due to a large mass in the right frontal lobe. The patient initially underwent mass resection, but subsequent imaging showed rapid interval progression of the residual tumor. Comprehensive molecular analysis of the tumor tissue revealed a novel GAB1-ABL2 gene fusion, and the patient was started on dasatinib, an ABL kinase inhibitor. Shortly after initiation of dasatinib treatment, there was a significant reduction in tumor size and enhancement, followed by stabilization of disease. Discussion: The patient's robust response to treatment suggests that dasatinib is an effective targeted therapy for IHG harboring a GAB1-ABL2 gene fusion. This finding may inform future investigations into the disease processes of IHG and help guide the diagnosis and treatment of IHG in the absence of previously identified gene fusions, improving clinical management of this vulnerable patient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-34
Number of pages8
JournalPediatric neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2024


  • Gene fusion
  • High-grade glioma
  • Infant-type hemispheric glioma
  • Targeted therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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