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Ependymal Tumor

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Occurring as growths on the spinal cord’s central canal, Ependymal Tumors are typically treated through surgical intervention. At Florida Hospital, we are combining today’s best clinical talent and technologies in a diverse range of neurological treatments. With cutting edge procedures like those available in the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute’s Brain and Spinal Cancer Program, surgeries are designed to precisely and effectively remove ependymal tumors while mitigating damage to surrounding nerves. If you’ve been diagnosed with an ependymoma, contact Florida Hospital today. 

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An ependymal tumor, also called an ependymoma, is a type of brain tumor that originates in the cells lining the spinal cord’s central canal (the fluid-filled space down the middle of the spinal cord) or the ventricles (fluid-filled spaces in the brain). These tumors may also form in the choroid plexus, the tissue in the ventricles that generates cerebrospinal fluid.

A grade I or II ependymoma’s cells look almost normal, and these tumors grow slowly. Grade I ependymal tumors are most common in adults, while grade II ependymomas are most frequently found in children and young adults with neurofibromatosis type 2. Grade III tumors, called anaplastic ependymomas, grow very quickly and do not have a very good prognosis. These are most often found in the brain of adults and the lower back part of the skull in children, but rarely in the spinal cord.

These tumors are rare in adults, comprising only two to three percent of primary brain tumor cases. However, they are the sixth most common type of brain tumor in children. About 30 percent of all pediatric ependymoma cases are diagnosed in children under the age of three. 

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