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By Jai Grewal MD and Harpreet K Grewal MD
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.