Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Astrocytoma Surgery

Some astrocytomas are deeply embedded in the brain and surrounded by vital structures or blood vessels. This makes many tumors impossible to remove completely without damaging other parts of the brain. Following surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy may be used to decrease the risk of recurrence.

Some astrocytomas may require the placement of a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt to correct hydrocephalus (increased fluid pressure inside the brain). A VP shunt is a tube that drains extra fluid from around the brain, into the abdominal cavity. The tube runs from the head to the abdomen, under the skin.

Continue to Astrocytoma Home Care

Last Updated: Jun 16, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
Copyright DSHI Systems, Inc. Powered by: FreeMD - Your Virtual Doctor

PubMed Astrocytoma References
  1. Guha A, Mukherjee J. Advances in the biology of astrocytomas. Curr Opin Neurol. 2004 Dec;17(6):655-62. [15542973]
  2. Ichimura K, Ohgaki H, Kleihues P, Collins VP. Molecular pathogenesis of astrocytic tumours. J Neurooncol. 2004 Nov;70(2):137-60. [15674475]
  3. See SJ, Gilbert MR. Anaplastic astrocytoma: diagnosis, prognosis, and management. Semin Oncol. 2004 Oct;31(5):618-34. [15497115]
FreeMD is provided for information purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for evaluation and treatment by a physician. Please review our terms of use.