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Hemangioblastoma


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Overview

A hemangioblastoma is a benign, highly vascular tumor that can occur in the brain, spinal cord, and retina (the light-sensitive tissue that lines the back of the eye). This tumor accounts for about 2% of brain tumors. As it enlarges, it presses on the brain and can cause neurological symptoms, such as headaches, weakness, sensory loss, balance and coordination problems, and/or hydrocephalus (a buildup of spinal fluid in the brain). Most hemangioblastomas occur sporadically. However, some people develop hemangioblastomas as part of a genetic syndrome called von Hippel-Lindau syndrome. These people usually develop multiple tumors within the brain and spinal cord over their lifetime.[1][2]
Last updated: 7/5/2011

References

  1. Hemangioblastoma. Genetics Home Reference. June 2011; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/glossary=hemangioblastoma. Accessed 7/5/2011.
  2. Slavin KV & Wyler AR. Hemangioblastoma. eMedicine. May 2011; http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/250670-overview#showall. Accessed 7/5/2011.
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