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Gliomatosis cerebri


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Overview


Gliomatosis cerebri is a type of brain cancer.  It is a variant form of glioblastoma multiforme.[1] It is characterized by scattered and widespread tumor cells that can cause the cerebrum, cerebellum, or brain stem to enlarge.[2] Signs and symptoms may include personality changes, memory disturbance, headache, hemiparesis, and seizures.[2][3]  Because this tumor is so diffuse it can be challenging to treat and the prognosis for people with gliomatosis cerebri is generally poor.[2][3]
Last updated: 3/5/2009

References

  1. Uddin S, Jarmi T. Glioblastoma multiforme. eMedicine. 2008; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1156220-overview. Accessed 3/5/2009.
  2. Gliomatosis cerebri. St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital Web site. http://tiny.cc/KmUgQ. Accessed 3/4/2009.
  3. Chemotherapy as initial treatment in gliomatosis cerebri: results with temozolomide. Levin et al.. Neurology. 2004;
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