Gliomatosis Cerebri

August 12, 2015 -

Gliomatosis cerebri is a rare form of malignant astrocytic tumor that originates in the brain’s connective tissue. It commonly presents as a diffusely infiltrating glial tumor of the cerebral cortex and is highly aggressive. Currently, there are no known causes for gliomatosis cerebri.

There are symptoms of gliomatosis cerebri to look out for. The symptoms can come slowly or appear more abruptly. Each child may experience the symptom depending on the size and location of the tumor. Some of the symptoms include headache, lethargy, headache, vomiting, seizures, motor dysfunction, neuroendocrine abnormalities, and changes in behavior processes.

Gliomatosis cerebri is commonly diagnosed from radiologic studies. Biopsies are risky because the tumor appears to have no primary location and grow aggressively. Some of the primary diagnostics are physical examination, MRI, and MRS. The only treatments for gliomatosis cerebri are radiation therapy and experimental chemotherapy. Surgery is not an option in the treatment process for these tumors.

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