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Intracranial astrocytoma: pathology, diagnosis and clinical presentation.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1826721     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Approximately 15,000 deaths a year occur in the United States from brain tumors. Astrocytomas, the most common primary tumor of the central nervous system, develop from astrocytes, the neuroglial support cell. Normal astrocytes can undergo anaplasia for unknown reasons and form brain tumors. Astrocytomas are graded from I to IV. As normal brain tissue is displaced by tumor cells, varying signs and symptoms develop, depending on tumor site and size. The goal of surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of these treatments is to decrease tumor size and improve quality of life and survival time. This article addresses astrocyte cell development, classification of astrocytomas, theories of tumor development, signs and symptoms of astrocytoma, diagnosis and treatment of the astrocytoma. The role of the nurse is explored and two case histories are presented.
Authors:
D Willis
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0888-0395     ISO Abbreviation:  J Neurosci Nurs     Publication Date:  1991 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1991-05-22     Completed Date:  1991-05-22     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8603596     Medline TA:  J Neurosci Nurs     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  7-14     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Affiliation:
Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52246.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Brain / pathology
Brain Neoplasms / diagnosis,  nursing,  pathology*,  therapy
Combined Modality Therapy
Diagnosis, Differential
Humans
Male
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnosis,  nursing,  pathology,  therapy

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