CNS tumor
Pineal tumors
Pineal gland tumors - general

Topic Completed: 1 January 2006

Revised: 2 January 2019, last major update January 2006

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Nat Pernick, M.D.
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Cite this page: Pernick N. Pineal gland tumors - general. website. Accessed May 30th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • Up to 1% of adult tumors and 3 - 8% of childhood intracranial tumors
  • Most tumors are germinomas (resemble seminoma, radiation sensitive); also other germ cell tumors
  • Frozen sections are challenging
  • Nonpineal gland specific tumors include astrocytoma, meningioma, metastases, cysts
  • Tumors often compress aqueduct of sylvius, causing hydrocephalus and requiring ventriculoperitoneal shunting
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