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Ganglioglioma Defined

Originally published on January 22, 2013
Most recently updated on April 10, 2013

A ganglioglioma, also called gangliocytomas or ganglioneuromas, arise in ganglia-type cells, which are nerve cells.  They most commonly occur in the temporal lobe of the cerebral hemispheres, the third ventricle and less commonly in the spine.  They are well-defined tumors with distinct margins, are slow growing and are rarely malignant.


  • Seizure are most commonly present


Treatment is typically surgery and may include radiation if a full resection is not possible.


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