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Astrocytoma

Astrocytoma: Introduction

Astrocytoma: Astrocytomas arise from small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. They may grow anywhere in the brain or spinal cord ... more about Astrocytoma.

Astrocytoma: A malignant tumour of the nervous system composed of astrocytes. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Astrocytoma is available below.

Symptoms of Astrocytoma

Treatments for Astrocytoma

  • Treatment depends upon the grade of the tumor. Treatments include:
    • Watchful waiting - for low grade astrocytomas
    • Surgery - where removal of tumor is possible without significant damage to surrounding neural tissue
    • Radiotherapy - post operatively or for unresectable tumors
    • Chemotherapy
  • more treatments...»

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Astrocytoma: Complications

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Causes of Astrocytoma

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Disease Topics Related To Astrocytoma

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Astrocytoma: Undiagnosed Conditions

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Misdiagnosis and Astrocytoma

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Undiagnosed stroke leads to misdiagnosed aphasia: BBC News UK reported on a man who had been institutionalized and treated for mental illness because he suffered from sudden inability to speak. This was initially...read more »

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Mesenteric adenitis misdiagnosed as appendicitis in children: Because appendicitis is one of the more feared conditions for a child with abdominal pain, it can be over-diagnosed (it can, of course, also fail to be...read more »

Blood pressure cuffs misdiagnose hypertension in children: One known misdiagnosis issue with hyperension, arises in relation to the simple equipment used to test blood pressure. The "cuff" around...read more »

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Mild traumatic brain injury often remains undiagnosed: Although the symptoms of severe brain injury are hard to miss, it is less clear for milder injuries, or even those causing a mild concussion diagnosis....read more »

MTBI misdiagnosed as balance problem: When a person has symptoms such as vertigo or dizziness, a diagnosis of brain injury may go overlooked. This is particularly true of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI), for which the symptoms are...read more »

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Post-concussive brain injury often misdiagnosed: A study found that soldiers who had suffered a concussive injury in battle often were misdiagnosed on their return. A variety of symptoms...read more »

Children with migraine often misdiagnosed: A migraine often fails to be correctly diagnosed in pediatric patients. These patients are not the typical migraine sufferers, but...read more »

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Hospitals & Clinics: Astrocytoma

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Astrocytoma: Rare Types

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Clinical Trials for Astrocytoma

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Article Excerpts about Astrocytoma

Astrocytomas arise from small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. They may grow anywhere in the brain or spinal cord. In adults, astrocytomas most often arise in the cerebrum. In children, they occur in the brain stem, the cerebrum, and the cerebellum. A grade III astrocytoma is sometimes called anaplastic astrocytoma. A grade IV astrocytoma is usually called glioblastoma multiforme . (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Brain Tumors: NCI)

Definitions of Astrocytoma:

Astrocytic tumors are neoplasms of the brain and spinal cord derived from glial cells. They comprise a wide range of neoplasms that differ in their location within the CNS, age and gender distribution, growth potential, extent of invasiveness, morphological features, tendency for progression and clinical course. The following clinicopathological entities can be distinguished: Diffusely Infiltrating Astrocytomas, Pilocytic Astrocytoma, Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma, Desmoplastic Cerebral Astrocytoma of Infancy, Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma. (Adapted from WHO) - (Source - Diseases Database)

Astrocytoma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Astrocytoma, or a subtype of Astrocytoma, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Astrocytoma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

 

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