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Diseases

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Craniopharyngioma


Other Names for this Disease
  • Rathke's pouch tumor
  • Craniopharyngeal duct tumor
  • Adamantinoma
  • Adamantinomatous tumor
  • Dysodontogenic epithelial tumor
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Treatment

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How might craniopharyngiomas be treated?

Traditionally, surgery has been the main treatment for craniopharyngioma. However, radiation treatment instead of surgery may be the best choice for some patients. In tumors that cannot be removed completely with surgery alone, radiation therapy is usually necessary. If the tumor has a classic appearance on CT scan, then even a biopsy may not be necessary, if treatment with radiation alone is planned. This tumor is best treated at a center with experience managing craniopharyngiomas.[1]
Last updated: 4/3/2009

References
  1. Blackman S. Craniopharyngioma. MedlinePlus. 2004; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000345.htm. Accessed 4/3/2009.


Clinical Trials & Research for this Disease

  • ClinicalTrials.gov lists trials that are studying or have studied Craniopharyngioma. Click on the link to go to ClinicalTrials.gov to read descriptions of these studies.
Other Names for this Disease
  • Rathke's pouch tumor
  • Craniopharyngeal duct tumor
  • Adamantinoma
  • Adamantinomatous tumor
  • Dysodontogenic epithelial tumor
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.