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Craniopharyngioma

Craniopharyngioma is a low grade (benign) brain tumour which affects people of all ages but predominantly children and young adults.

What is a craniopharyngioma?

Craniopharyngiomas are low grade (benign) tumours, most often diagnosed between the ages of 5-15 but could also present at 45-60. These tumours are found at the base of the brain close to the pituitary gland.

What are the symptoms of craniopharyngioma?

Due to their position at the lower part of the brain and close to the pituitary gland, these tumours are associated with specific symptoms such as problems with vision and growth. 

Other symptoms that may present due to a craniopharyngioma are hydrocephalus, diabetes and personality changes.

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How are craniopharyngiomas treated?

The standard treatment for craniopharyngiomas includes surgery to remove as much of the tumour as possible, followed by radiotherapy. 

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