Oligodendrogliomas are the third most common glioma, accounting for 2-5% of all primary brain tumours and 5-18% of all gliomas. They are more common in adults, particularly in people aged 40-60.
Oligodendrogliomas are primary brain tumours which means they have originated in the brain instead of spreading from elsewhere.
Oligodendrogliomas are divided into two grades:
The majority of oligodendrogliomas occur in the frontal lobe, and the second most common site affected is the temporal lobe.
A person with an oligodendroglioma may display one or more of these symptoms:
Sometimes the symptoms experienced depend on where the brain tumours are located. If they are in the frontal lobe this may cause gradual changes in mood and personality, weakness or numbness in muscles of one side of the body.
If it's located in the temporal lobe, this may cause problems with speech and coordination or it may affect memory.
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