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What is a Dysembryplastic Neuroepithelial Tumor (DNT)?

  • Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNTs) are a group of tumors occurs in the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord. They occur in the cerebrum, the part of the brain that controls thought, movement and sensation. If your child has been experiencing seizures that don’t respond to medication, a possible cause may be a dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT). This is a rare, benign type of tumor that occurs in the tissues that cover the brain and spinal cord. A DNT usually begins in children and teenagers who are 20 years old or younger. The outlook for a child with DNT is generally good.

    Dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT) treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's

    Children with dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT) are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through the Brain Tumor Center, a world-renowned destination for children with malignant and non-malignant brain and spinal cord tumors. Our brain tumor specialists have extensive expertise in treating all types of brain tumors, including ependymomas.

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    Find in-depth information on dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor (DNT) on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including ependymoma causes, diagnosis, treatment and latest research.