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J Clin Neurosci. 2000 Nov;7(6):475-83.

Low grade astrocytomas: controversies in management.

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  • 1Department of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria, 3050, Australia.


Low grade astrocytomas are common brain neoplasms that primarily affect young adults. Although these patients often have a reasonably long survival, most will ultimately succumb to their tumours. Often the tumours progress to higher grade astrocytomas. The optimal management plan for these tumours is controversial and ranges from observation to macroscopic excision, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The evidence for each of these approaches is presented in this review and a management algorithm is presented.

Copyright 2000 Harcourt Publishers Ltd.

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