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Australas Radiol. 2001 Nov;45(4):472-82.

Diagnosis and management of astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and mixed gliomas: a review.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Royal Brisbane Hospital, Herston, Queensland, Australia.


Low-grade gliomas are a diverse group of neoplasms which, as the name implies, are thought to arise from glial cells. Common among this group are astrocytomas (low-grade astrocytoma; LGA), oligodendrogliomas and mixed gliomas. Among these, LGA is the commonest low-grade glioma and, occasionally, although incorrectly, the terms are used interchangeably. Advances in imaging technology have improved the accuracy of preoperative diagnosis. The management of low-grade gliomas is controversial. Recent evidence suggests that previously considered standard therapy (i.e. surgery plus radiotherapy) may not be in the patient's best interests. A review of the available published research concerning low-grade gliomas is therefore timely.

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