CNS tumor
CNS tumors
Approach to diagnosis

Topic Completed: 1 February 2012

Revised: 2 January 2018, last major update February 2012

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PubMed Search: CNS tumors [title] diagnosis

Eman Abdelzaher, M.D., Ph.D.
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Definition / general
Factors to consider:
  1. Neoplasm: yes or no?
    • Yes - hypercellular, composed of atypical fibrillar cells
    • No - may be infectious, inflammatory, toxic metabolic, traumatic, vascular, development or degenerative
  2. Primary or metastatic neoplasm?
  3. Glial, neuronal and other primary tumor considerations
  4. Correlate pathologic diagnosis with age, sex, location and imaging characteristics

  • Multiple lesions are often metastases, melanoma, medulloblastoma (late) or lymphoma
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