Last reviewed: June 2018
Last updated: April  2018

Summary

Definition

History and exam

Key diagnostic factors

  • family history of brain tumour

Other diagnostic factors

  • headache
  • neurological deficit
  • seizure
  • family history of NF2
  • history of breast cancer
  • history of radiation

Risk factors

  • radiotherapy
  • genetic predisposition
  • hormones: endogenous and exogenous
  • head trauma

Diagnostic investigations

1st investigations to order

  • MRI head or spine without and with contrast
  • CT head or spine
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Investigations to consider

  • angiography
  • histopathology of surgical resection
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Treatment algorithm

Contributors

Authors VIEW ALL

William T. Couldwell

Professor and Chairman

Department of Neurosurgery

University of Utah School of Medicine

Salt Lake City

UT

Disclosures

WTC is an author of several references cited in this topic.

Professor William T. Couldwell would like to gratefully acknowledge Dr Jayson A. Neil, a previous contributor to this topic. JAN declares that he has no competing interests.

Peer reviewers VIEW ALL

Professor of Neurology

Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute

University of Washington

Seattle

WA

Disclosures

MC is an author of several references cited in this topic.

Professor of Neurosurgery

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Houston

TX

Disclosures

IM declares that he has no competing interests.

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