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Giant Cell Astrocytoma

A giant cell astrocytoma is a tumor that grows within the ventricles of the brain. If the tumor blocks the flow of cerebrospinal fluid through the ventricle, it may cause nausea, vomiting, headaches, vision problems or behavior changes. Most giant cell astrocytomas in children are benign and grow slowly, but are more aggressive in adults. The tumor is named for the giant cells in the mass when observed through a microscope.

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The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the art facility for adults and children affected by giant cell astrocytoma. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove tumors or reduce their size. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Intraoperative MRI enables our surgeons to view 3-D images of astrocytomas during surgery, helping them remove more of the tumor. Patients also generally recover more quickly.