Pilocytic astrocytoma

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Pilocytic astrocytoma

Pilocytic astrocytoma is an often benign, slow-growing tumor of the brain or spinal cord. The tumor may be in the form of a cyst and usually does not spread to nearby tissues. Symptoms vary depending upon the size and location of the tumor. Most symptoms result from increased pressure on the brain and include headaches, nausea, vomiting, balance problems, and vision abnormalities. The underlying cause of a pilocytic astrocytoma is unknown. It most commonly occurs in children and young adults, and in people with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), Li-Fraumeni syndrome, and tuberous sclerosis. This type of tumor can often be cured with surgery.
 

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The terms "Pilocytic astrocytoma" returned 62 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Model-Based Evaluation of Spontaneous Tumor Regression in Pilocytic Astrocytoma.
 

Author(s): Thomas Buder, Andreas Deutsch, Barbara Klink, Anja Voss-Böhme

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Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common brain tumor in children. This tumor is usually benign and has a good prognosis. Total resection is the treatment of choice and will cure the majority of patients. However, often only partial resection is possible due to the location of ...

Last Updated: 15 Dec 2015

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Spinal hemangioblastoma combined with pilocytic astrocytoma.
 

Author(s): Wei-Qing Li, Xiang Wang, Nan-Zhe Zhong, Yi-Ming Li

Journal: Neurosciences (Riyadh). 2015 Jul;20(3):280-4.

 

The combination of vascular anomalies with gliomas is rarely seen in the CNS, and is defined as "angioglioma". However, the definition, category, and histopathogenesis of angiogliomas remain controversial. Here, we present an unusual case of spinal hemangioblastoma (HB) combined with ...

Last Updated: 13 Jul 2015

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Leptomeningeal dissemination of pilocytic astrocytoma in a 17-year-old boy.
 

Author(s): Ali BabaeI Jandaghi, Elham Bidabadi, Seyed Saadat, Babak Alijani, Saeid Daliri, Zoheir Reyhanian, Mehryar Mashouf

Journal: Turk Neurosurg. 2014 ;24(6):978-81.

 

Pilocytic astrocytoma with leptomeningeal dissemination is a rare phenomenon and can be associated with obstructive hydrocephalus and an unfavorable prognosis. Herein, we report a seventeen-year-old boy with a history of ventriculo-peritoneal shunt insertion due to severe hydrocephalus ...

Last Updated: 2 Dec 2014

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The terms "Pilocytic astrocytoma" returned 5 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Pilocytic astrocytoma: pathology, molecular mechanisms and markers.
 

Author(s): V Peter Collins, David T W Jones, Caterina Giannini

Journal: Acta Neuropathol.. 2015 Jun;129(6):775-88.

 

Pilocytic astrocytomas (PAs) were recognized as a discrete clinical entity over 70 years ago. They are relatively benign (WHO grade I) and have, as a group, a 10-year survival of over 90%. Many require merely surgical removal and only very infrequently do they progress to more malignant ...

Last Updated: 19 May 2015

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MAPK pathway activation in pilocytic astrocytoma.
 

Author(s): David T W Jones, Jan Gronych, Peter Lichter, Olaf Witt, Stefan M Pfister

Journal: Cell. Mol. Life Sci.. 2012 Jun;69(11):1799-811.

 

Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most common tumor of the pediatric central nervous system (CNS). A body of research over recent years has demonstrated a key role for mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) pathway signaling in the development and behavior of PAs. Several mechanisms ...

Last Updated: 14 May 2012

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Posterior fossa vermian cystic schwannoma mimicking as pilocytic astrocytoma: a case report and literature review.
 

Author(s): Alok Umredkar, Sunil Kumar Gupta, Bishan Radotra

Journal: Neurol India. ;59(5):756-60.

 

Intraparenchymal schwannomas are rare and most of the reported cases are in supratentorial region with frontal lobe being most common. Infratentorial location is very rare. We report a posterior fossa midline large cystic schwannoma with mural nodule mimicking as pilocytic astrocytoma. ...

Last Updated: 24 Oct 2011

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Low-Dose or High-Dose Lenalidomide in Treating Younger Patients With Recurrent, Refractory, or Progressive Pilocytic Astrocytoma or Optic Pathway Glioma
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Neurofibromatosis Type 1; Recurrent Childhood Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Recurrent Childhood Visual Pathway Glioma

 

Last Updated: 23 May 2016

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Phase II Pegylated Interferon
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Juvenile Pilocytic Astrocytomas; Optic Pathway Gliomas

 

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2016

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A Phase I Study of Mebendazole for the Treatment of Pediatric Gliomas
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Pilomyxoid Astrocytoma; Pilocytic Astrocytoma; Glioma, Astrocytic; Optic Nerve Glioma; Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma; Glioblastoma Multiforme; Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Gliosarcoma; Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma; DIPG; Low-grade Glioma; Brainstem Glioma

 

Last Updated: 14 Oct 2015

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