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What is Glioblastoma?

What is Glioblastoma?

  • Glioblastoma: An aggressive primary brain tumour of the glial (supporting) cells.
  • Glioblastoma: A grade IV astrocytoma is usually called glioblastoma multiforme . (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Brain Tumors: NCI)
  • Glioblastoma: Glioblastoma (also called Glioblastoma Multiforme) is the most malignant astrocytic tumor (WHO grade IV) and is composed of poorly differentiated neoplastic astrocytes. Histopathological features include cellular polymorphism, nuclear atypia, brisk mitotic activity, vascular thrombosis, microvascular proliferation and necrosis. Glioblastoma typically affects adults and is preferentially located in the cerebral hemispheres. Glioblastomas may develop from diffuse astrocytomas WHO grade II or anaplastic astrocytomas ('secondary glioblastoma'), but more frequently, they manifest after a short clinical history de novo, without evidence of a less malignant precursor lesion ('primary glioblastoma'). There are two histological variants of Glioblastoma: Giant Cell Glioblastoma and Gliosarcoma. (WHO)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Glioblastoma: a fast-growing malignant brain tumor composed of spongioblasts; nearly always fatal.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Glioblastoma is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Glioblastoma, or a subtype of Glioblastoma, 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 Glioblastoma as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Glioblastoma: Introduction

Types of Glioblastoma:

Broader types of Glioblastoma:

Who gets Glioblastoma?

Gender Ratio for Glioblastoma: male:female 2:1

How serious is Glioblastoma?

Complications of Glioblastoma: see complications of Glioblastoma

What causes Glioblastoma?

Causes of Glioblastoma: see causes of Glioblastoma
Risk factors for Glioblastoma: see risk factors for Glioblastoma

What are the symptoms of Glioblastoma?

Symptoms of Glioblastoma: see symptoms of Glioblastoma

Complications of Glioblastoma: see complications of Glioblastoma

Can anyone else get Glioblastoma?

More information: see contagiousness of Glioblastoma
Inheritance: see inheritance of Glioblastoma

Glioblastoma: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Glioblastoma.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Glioblastoma.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Glioblastoma: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Glioblastoma.
Treatments for Glioblastoma: see treatments for Glioblastoma
Research for Glioblastoma: see research for Glioblastoma

Name and Aliases of Glioblastoma

Main name of condition: Glioblastoma

Other names or spellings for Glioblastoma:

Glioblastoma multiforme, giant cell glioblastoma, spongioblastoma multiforme

Spongioblastoma multiforme, Glioblastoma multiforme Source - Diseases Database

Source - WordNet 2.1

Glioblastoma: Related Conditions

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