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What is Gliomatosis Cerebri?

  • Gliomatosis cerebri is a highly aggressive, rare form of malignant astrocytoma, a type of brain tumor. It most commonly presents as a diffusely infiltrating glioma of the cerebral cortex. It is characterized by scattered and widespread tumor cells that cause multiple parts of the brain to enlarge. Because this type of tumor is so diffuse, it can be challenging to treat and the prognosis is generally poor. These tumors usually progress like a grade IV glioblastoma multiforme.

    Gliomatosis Cerebri Treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children with gliomatosis cerebri are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Glioma Program, one of the world's largest treatment programs focused on childhood gliomas. Our brain tumor specialists have extensive expertise in treating all types of gliomas, including GBMs. Our patients receive multidisciplinary care from neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and pediatric subspecialists.

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    Find more in-depth information on gliomatosis cerebri on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s website, including gliomatosis cerebri causes, diagnosis, treatment and latest research.