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Also known as: infiltrative diffuse astrocytosis, malignant astrocytic tumor.
Astrocytes are star-shaped cells that are part of a glial network of supportive and nourishing tissue within the brain. One rare form of malignant (cancerous) tumor that grows and infiltrates aggressively (grade 1V, the most malignant form of brain tumor) from these cells and which spreads over the top and throughout the brain is known as gliomatosis cerebri.
The cause of gliomatosis cerebri is unknown.
Symptoms of gliomatosis cerebri depend on what parts of the brain are affected and include:
Gliomatosis cerebri is difficult to remove surgically because it spreads throughout the brain. Radiation therapy, chemotherapy, as well one or more drugs in combination, are possible options of treatment.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
This page was last updated on: April 28, 2022 11:35 AM
A multidisciplinary team of specialists diagnose and treat all types of tumors of the brain and spinal cord. Our program provides care for more children with pediatric brain tumors than any other facility in Florida.
An Astrocytoma is a form of brain tumor that develops in the cells that form the supportive tissue of the brain.
Radiation therapy is a common form of cancer treatment. It refers to exposing the body to beams of radiation that are used to kill cancer cells and prevent them from coming back.
Chemotherapy is a common form of cancer treatment. It refers to drugs that are often used to kill cancer cells and prevent them from coming back.