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What does a brain tumor look like?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: The MRI image

Shows a mass, commonly surrounded by edema.
Pathology shows abnormal blood vessel proliferation (and they leak), necrosis (dead cell areas), and abnormal mitoses.

In brief: The MRI image

Shows a mass, commonly surrounded by edema.
Pathology shows abnormal blood vessel proliferation (and they leak), necrosis (dead cell areas), and abnormal mitoses.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology

In brief: It varies.

This varies depending on the kind of tumor. Some tumors, like meningioma, are solid and look like a mass.
Others, like astrocytoma, or glioblastoma multiforme may be hollowed out with necrotic of dead centers. Many brain tumors present with different looks. For example, CNS lymphomas present as one mass in immunocompetent patients or as multiple lesions in the immunocompromised patient.

In brief: It varies.

This varies depending on the kind of tumor. Some tumors, like meningioma, are solid and look like a mass.
Others, like astrocytoma, or glioblastoma multiforme may be hollowed out with necrotic of dead centers. Many brain tumors present with different looks. For example, CNS lymphomas present as one mass in immunocompetent patients or as multiple lesions in the immunocompromised patient.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Larry Armstrong
Neurosurgery

In brief: Different appearance

Different tumors have different appearances.
Melanomas are purple, meningiomas are reddish pink, glioblastoma is grayish to dark red. There are too many to name but these are a few.

In brief: Different appearance

Different tumors have different appearances.
Melanomas are purple, meningiomas are reddish pink, glioblastoma is grayish to dark red. There are too many to name but these are a few.
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