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Pilocytic Astrocytoma

Last updated on Sunday, October 12 2008 by jdmiles

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Pilocytic astrocytomas are less common than diffuse astrocytomas, accounting for about 2% of all primary CNS tumors in all age groups.  However, they are the most common glioma in children.

They frequently occur in the cerebellum, but can occur in other areas as well.  Most optic tract gliomas are pilocytic astrocytomas.

 

References:

Prayson, R.A., and Goldblum, J.R. (Eds.) (2005). Neuropathology. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia. (ISBN:0443066582)  Page 434.