Pilocytic astrocytoma

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Pilocytic astrocytoma

Pilocytic astrocytoma is a rare subtype of low-grade glioma of the central nervous system characterized by a well circumscribed often cystic brain tumor with a discrete mural nodule and long hair-like projections that extend from the neoplastic astrocytes. Depending on the primary localization and the size of the tumor patients can present with signs of raised intracranial pressure (headache vomiting papilledema) blurred vision decreased visual acuity ataxia and/or nystagmus among others. It is most commonly located in the cerebellum but ocurrence in the hypothalamus brain stem optic chiasma and hemispheres has also been reported.

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Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation

The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) leads the way in ending the childhood cancer community’s biggest crisis through research funding, family support and advocacy. Dedicated wholly to addressing this rare, but devastating disease, we are guided by the experiences of patients, survivors, their parents, and siblings.

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