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Pilocytic Astrocytoma in Adults. Incidence and Outcomes: A Review of the Literature


Nichols, L, Pilocytic Astrocytoma in Adults. Incidence and Outcomes: A Review of the Literature, Australasian Journal of Neuroscience, 22, (1) pp. 19-24. ISSN 1032-335X (2012) [Refereed Article]

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Pilocytic astrocytomas are benign neoplasms that predominantly occur in children. Characterised by their slow growing nature they are almost always well circumscribed, cystic, and noninfiltrating into the surrounding brain tissue. Despite being a rare entity, the diagnosis of pilocytic astrocytoma in an adult patient does occur and should be considered as a differential diagnosis. However, as these tumours in adults are rare, the majority of published studies have limited numbers in small series, are often retrospective from single institutions and often span decades without consideration of ever developing diagnostic and surgical treatments. The following paper will discuss the incidence and outcome of pilocytic astrocytoma in adults. Current literature will be utilised to critically analyse the clinical presentation, epidemiology, etiology, treatment and outcomes for adults diagnosed with a pilocytic astrocytoma.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Pilocytic astrocytoma, adult, epidemiology, etiology.
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nichols, L (Mrs Linda Nichols)
ID Code:80496
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2012-11-01
Last Modified:2013-05-28
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