What are tectal gliomas?
Also known as: tectal plate glioma, childhood brainstem glioma, midbrain tumor, intrinsic glioma, focal glioma and others.
A tectal glioma (from a type of glial cell that nourishes and supports other brain cells) is a slow growing, generally benign (non-spreading), brain tumor in children 3-16 years of age, situated in the upper portion or roof of the brain stem. This area of the brain controls important body functions like breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure.
Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP
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