CNS tumor
CNS tumors
Approach to diagnosis

Author: Eman Abdelzaher, M.D., Ph.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 24 August 2017, last major update February 2012

Copyright: (c) 2002-2017,, Inc.

PubMed Search: CNS tumors [title] diagnosis

Cite this page: Abdelzaher, E. Approach to diagnosis. website. Accessed September 25th, 2018.
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