Tumors of the Central Nervous System

  • M. Brada
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Primary tumors of the central nervous system constitute only 2%–5% of all neoplasms. However, brain tumors are the most common solid tumors in children and contribute significantly to the mortality in this age group. In adults the diagnosis of brain tumor is perceived with gloom, but intracranial tumors range from highly curable ones, such as meningiomas, pituitary adenomas, and cranial germ cell tumors, to aggressive tumors with poor prognosis such as high-grade gliomas. General medical practitioners will encounter only a few cases of brain tumor in their careers. It is therefore important that patients with suspected diagnosis are seen in specialist centers with neuro-oncological expertise that includes neurosurgery, radiotherapy, medical oncology, and neurology to ensure the optimum diagnosis and treatment.


Brain Metastasis Pituitary Adenoma Germ Cell Tumor Pilocytic Astrocytoma Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Gene 
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Further Reading

  1. Fine HA, Mayer RJ (1993) Primary central nervous system lymphoma. Annals of Internal Medicine 119: 1093–1104PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Russell DS, Rubinstein LJ (1989) Pathology of tumours of the nervous system, 5th edn. Arnold, LondonGoogle Scholar
  3. Thomas DGT (ed) (1990) Neuro-oncology. Primary malignant brain tumours. Arnold, LondonGoogle Scholar

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