Spinal astrocytoma

Introduction
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By Jai Grewal MD and Harpreet K Grewal MD

Key Points

  • Clinical symptoms are often insidious.
  • Gliomas account for the majority of intramedullary spinal cord neoplasms.
  • Surgical intervention of spinal astrocytoma carries significant risk, however, there may be benefits of early surgical intervention.
  • Better understanding of the etiology and molecular biology of these relatively rare neoplasms will hopefully lead to safer and more effective therapies.

In This Article

Introduction
Historical note and nomenclature
Clinical manifestations
Clinical vignette
Etiology
Pathogenesis and pathophysiology
Epidemiology
Differential diagnosis
Diagnostic workup
Prognosis and complications
Management
References cited
Contributors