Gliomas are tumors that start in the brain or spine. Three types of normal glial cells can produce tumors: astrocytes, oligodendrocytes and ependymal cells. The tumors are named after the normal cells from which they are derived as well as what they look like under a microscope: 

  • Astrocytomas
    • Pilocytic astrocytomas
    • Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytomas 
    • Diffuse astrocytomas
    • Anaplastic astrocytomas
    • Glioblastomas
    • Gangliogliomas
  • Oligodendroglioma 
  • Ependymomas

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