Key Points of Childhood Brain Stem Glioma

  • Childhood brain stem glioma is a disease in which benign (noncancer) or malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the brain stem.
  • Brain tumors may be benign (not cancer) or malignant (cancer).
  • There are two types of brain stem gliomas in children.
  • The cause of most childhood brain tumors is unknown.
  • The signs and symptoms of brain stem glioma are not the same in every child.
  • Tests that examine the brain are used to detect (find) childhood brain stem glioma.
  • A biopsy may be done to diagnose certain types of brain stem glioma.
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.

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