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Posted by: Puzzeled | 2007/04/16

what is this?

Hi Dr, can you please explain what astrocytosis or astrocytoma is? thank you

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The definition of astrocytoma provided by another rader sounds about right --- but if the issue is at all relevant to you, any doctor involved in your assessment or diagnosis has a duty to discuss any possible diagnoses and their implications, with you

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Posted by: ..... | 2007/04/16

astrocytoma
A nervous system tumor that grows from astrocytes (astrocytomas are a type of glial cell, glial cells are the supporting cells of the nervous system). They can occur in children and young adults and sometimes in older people. Astrocytomas can sometimes become large before causing symptoms. A diagnosis is made either after surgical resection or with a guided (stereotactic) biopsy. Treatment can consist of surgical excision, radiation therapy or chemotherapy. ...

astrocytosis
The spread of astrocytes into damaged tissue.

Proliferation of specialised cells (astrocytes), in response to damage. Astrocytes are found in the central nervous system and support the function of neurons.




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