What is Anaplastic Oligoastrocytoma of the Brain?Anaplastic oligoastrocytoma of the brain is a type of brain tumour that originates from the oligodendrocytes and astrocytes cells of the brain. These are the cells that provide protection and support to the nerve cells of the brain. It is a rapidly growing tumour with a tendency to spread to the other distant parts of the body. Anaplastic oligoastrocytoma usually affects the cerebrum part of the brain.
Disease CausesThere is no well-known cause, however, certain hereditary and genetic mutations are considered responsible for the development of anaplastic oligoastrocytoma of the brain. It is usually diagnosed in people between the ages of 30-50 years.
Signs and SymptomsThe sign and symptoms depend upon the site, size, and extent of the tumour. The common signs and symptoms are.
- Repeated or constant headache
- Seizures (sudden uncontrolled changes in movements, feelings, or level of consciousness)
- Mood and personality changes
DiagnosisThe following diagnostic tests and procedures can be used to make a diagnosis. These are
- Imaging tests such as X-Ray, CT-scan (computerized tomography), PET-scan (Positron emission tomography) help detect the site, size, and location of the tumour.
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Lumbar Puncture
- Tumour biopsy and histopathological examination