Disease Information for Anaplastic Astrocytoma: Definition

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  • Astrocytoma, Malignant; Anaplastic Astrocytoma; Astrocytoma, grades 3-4; Giant Cell Glioblastoma, Astrocytoma; Spongioblastoma Multiforme;

    Malignant Astrocytoma is an infiltrating, primary brain tumor, with tentacles that may invade surrounding tissue; This provides a butterfly-like distribution pattern through the white matter of the cerebral hemispheres; The tumor may invade a membrane covering the brain (the dura), or spread via the spinal fluid through the ventricles of the brain; Spread of the tumor (metastasis) outside the brain and spinal cord is rare, migration down the cord is not rare----------[NORD 2005]-----------

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