What is Astrocytoma?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
An Astrocytoma is a tumor that begins in the brain or spinal cord in small, star-shaped cells called astrocytes. According to the American Brain Tumor Association, These tumors are “graded” on a scale from I to IV based on how normal or abnormal the cells look. There are low-grade astrocytomas and high-grade astrocytomas. Low-grade astrocytomas are usually localized and grow slowly. High-grade astrocytomas grow at a rapid pace and require a different course of treatment. Most astrocytoma tumors in children are low grade. In adults, the majority are high grade.
According to Cedars-Sinai, general symptoms of an astrocytoma tumor are a result of growing pressure inside the skull. These symptoms can include headache, vomiting and mental status changes. Other symptoms, such as drowsiness, lethargy, obtuseness, personality changes, disordered conduct and impaired mental faculties show up early in about one out of every four patients with malignant brain tumors.
More than three quarters of all gliomas are astrocytomas.
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