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Pineoblastoma – www.answers.com/topic/pineoblastoma

Oncology Encyclopedia:

Pineoblastoma

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Definition

A pineoblastoma is an aggressive primary brain tumor that develops in the pineal body (sometimes called the epiphysis cerebri or pineal gland), which is a small cone-shaped organ located in the midbrain. The pineal body secretes melatonin, a hormone that regulates moods and the sleep-wake cycle in humans. Pineoblastomas are also known as pinealoblastomas.

Description

Pineoblastomas are considered highly malignant. They may invade nearby areas of brain tissue as well as spread into the cerebrospinal fluid, although they rarely metastasize to other parts of the body. In addition, pineoblastomas sometimes cause bleeding into the ventricles of the brain. The child's radiologist may be able to see areas of dying tissue in the brain when imaging studies are performed.

Demographics

Pineoblastomas are extremely rare, accounting for only 0.5–2 percent of childhood tumors of the central nervous system (CNS). About 2200 children below the age of 15 are diagnosed with malignant tumors of the brain and spinal cord each year in the United States; between 10 and 40 of these children will be diagnosed with pineoblastomas.

Pineoblastomas occur almost exclusively in younger children, with very few cases reported in adolescents or adults. The slower-growing pineocytomas, by contrast, are most likely to develop in adults between the ages of 25 and 35.

The symptoms of a pineoblastoma result from blockage of the flow of cerebrospinal fluid and increased pressure on the brain. Depending on the size of the tumor, symptoms may include the following:

· headache

· double vision

· nausea and vomiting

· weakness or loss of sensation on one side of the body

· seizures

· developmental delays or failure to thrive (in younger children)

· lowered energy level or unusual need for sleep

· personality changes

· unexplained changes in weight or appetite

Diagnosis

The diagnosis of a pineoblastoma begins with a review of the child's medical history and a thorough physical examination. The child may be given several vision tests if he or she is seeing double or having other visual disturbances. The child's doctor will then order both laboratory tests and imaging studies. The laboratory tests are done to rule out such diseases as meningitis and to see whether the child's liver and other organs are functioning normally. The imaging studies are performed to determine the extent of the cancer and to assign the child to a risk group.

Unless surgical removal of the tumor is considered too risky, a neurosurgeon will perform what is known as an open biopsy to confirm the diagnosis of pineoblastoma. He or she will remove a small piece of the tumor for examination by a pathologist.

 

 

Written by Steve Frank   
Thursday, 17 June 2010 09:42

 

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