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Subependymoma


Other Names for this Disease

  • Subependymal astrocytoma (formerly)
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Overview

Subependymomas are benign, slow-growing, brain tumors. They most often grow in the fourth or lateral ventricles, but may occur in the spine.[1][2] Some affected people do not have symptoms, while others may have headaches, changes in vision, and difficulty with balance. These symptoms are thought to be due to obstruction of cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) due to the tumor's location. The cause of subependymomas is not well understood. Surgery to remove the tumor is often curative.[2]
Last updated: 2/26/2014

References

  1. Mark W Kieran. Ependymoma. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; February, 2014; Accessed 2/26/2014.
  2. Jain A, Amin AG, Jain P, Burger P, Jallo GI, Lim M, Bettegowda C. Subependymoma: clinical features and surgical outcomes. Neurol Res. September, 2012; 34(7):677-684. Accessed 2/26/2014.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Subependymal astrocytoma (formerly)
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.