Glioma and astrocytoma is a type of brain tumor

Written by: Dr. Jordi Manuel Rimbau Muñoz
Edited by: Top Doctors®

It is known as the abnormal brain tumor growth in a group of brain cells. This abnormal growth causes disruption in brain function of the specific area in which it develops and inflames the brain around.

brain tumor When a brain tumor appears, it is because a group of cells undergoes some changes in their genes that produce an excessive and atypical growth, leading to occupy a new space in the brain, moving, destroying or occupying any part of it that does not It corresponds.


Types of brain tumor

There are different types of brain tumor, but are among the main glioma and astrocytoma. These tumors, according to experts in neurosurgery , stem from structural brain cells and, based on their ability to destroy cells or atypical blood vessels grow, they are given a greater or lesser degree of malignancy.

There are other types of tumors, including meningiomas, non-cerebral type, are their covers or other brain structures but not growing in the cranial cavity, damaging the brain by compression, irritation or blockage of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Most of these tumors are benign origin, but the fact that they grow in a closed cavity and thereby increasing intracranial pressure, makes them potentially malignant tumors.

Another type of brain tumor metastasis occurs when malignant tumors elsewhere in the body is developed and implanted in the brain, with rapid growth and aggressive behavior.

Most types of brain tumors have no known cause. There are few clear risk factors, except in very specific cases such prior radiotherapy, hormone treatments and metastasis, among others. There are also very specific subtypes of genetic or embryonic origin.


Brain Tumor Diagnosis

The basic diagnosis of a brain tumor can be done with a CT scan. However, in order to choose the appropriate treatment it is essential to have an MRI of good quality.

Later we must subtipificarlo with taking a biopsy sample or, if possible, their surgical removal and examination of specific pathology.



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By Dr. Jordi Manuel Rimbau Muñoz
Neurological Surgery

Dr. Rimbau is a prestigious specialist in Neurosurgery. He has over 30 years of experience in the profession and extensive training in various fields of specialty, being an expert in oncology and complex spinal surgery, and a leader in various lines of instrumentalization of the column. He specialized in Bellvitge Hospital and is a graduate of the European Association of Neurosurgical Societies (EANS). Throughout his career he has combined his care work with teaching, being a professor of EANS and the AO. Likewise, he has also developed an important informative task as a speaker at congresses of the Spanish Society of Neurosurgery (SENEC) and the Spanish Neurorraquis Society. He is currently the director of his own private practice and is also head of the Neurosurgery service of the Trias i Pujol Hospital in Badalona and the Josep Trueta Hospital in Girona.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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