Brainstem gliomas in childhood
Brainstem gliomas are, by definition, glial tumors that primarily arise within the brainstem. They occur most frequently in children, with the majority being diffuse pontine gliomas. Over 90% of children with diffuse pontine gliomas will die of disease within 18 months of diagnosis. However, non-diffuse pontine lesions, such as tectal gliomas and exophytic cervicomedullary tumors, are often low-grade gliomas and have a relatively good prognosis.
Apr. 15, 2020