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Brain tumor, what is the difference between a regular brain tumor and an astrocytoma?

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One of many types: Astrocytoma is one of the many different types of brain tumors. In fact there are different grades of astrocytic tumors. Astrocytoma is one of the less aggressive ones. See the site below for more information. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0004485/.

Answered 8/26/2012

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The differential is: Between primary glial tumors and extra-cns metastasis. There are also meningioma, pituitary and pineal tunors that are extra-glial. But none are regular. Glial tumors are graded from low to hi grade with survival decreasing as grade rise from i-iv.

Answered 8/27/2012

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