Pediatric Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma

Pediatric Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma



Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas (PXA) are rare, low-grade tumors that usually appear in children with temporal lobe epilepsy.

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Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas (PXA) are a rare, low-grade (slow rate of growth and high rate of survival) astrocytoma (tumor of the nervous system) that grow in the brain. PXA are generally found in young children who also have temporal lobe epilepsy, the most common type of partial epilepsy.


Most children with PXA have seizures. Other common symptoms are dizziness or headache. In rare cases, children with PXA do not have any symptoms.

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