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Can steroids shrink a ependymona tumor in cervical spine ?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
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In brief: No. But the

Tumor maycause edema, and Dexamethasone may transiently reduce that.

In brief: No. But the

Tumor maycause edema, and Dexamethasone may transiently reduce that.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Jeffrey Ng
Family Medicine

In brief: Steroids shrink, but

Ependymoma is a type of glioma tumor that can produce headaches/n/v/and CSF flow problems leading to hydrocephalus.
Most are benign, but the preferred treatment is surgical removal and chemo. Steroid usually shrink things, but this is not an inflammatory process, so it may have no effect. If the tumor is causing edema, the steroids will help. It is given to children in cases of edema.

In brief: Steroids shrink, but

Ependymoma is a type of glioma tumor that can produce headaches/n/v/and CSF flow problems leading to hydrocephalus.
Most are benign, but the preferred treatment is surgical removal and chemo. Steroid usually shrink things, but this is not an inflammatory process, so it may have no effect. If the tumor is causing edema, the steroids will help. It is given to children in cases of edema.
Dr. Jeffrey Ng
Dr. Jeffrey Ng
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