Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors Evaluation

The evaluation of primitive neuroectodermal tumors begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings may help to identify the location of the tumor in the brain.

Physical findings in someone with a primitive neuroectodermal tumor may include:

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of a primitive neuroectodermal tumor.

Tests that may be used to evaluate primitive neuroectodermal tumors include:

Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors Biopsy

A brain biopsy is necessary to confirm the diagnosis of primitive neuroectodermal tumor.

During a brain biopsy, a neurosurgeon removes a small sample of brain tissue through a small hole in the skull. The tissue is then examined under a microscope, in order to determine the type of cells causing the cancer.

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Last Updated: Jan 3, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors References
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