What is Childhood Craniopharyngiomas?

By  ,  National Institute of Health
Feb 15, 2011

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Childhood craniopharyngiomas are benign brain tumors found near the pituitary gland.Childhood craniopharyngiomas are rare tumors usually found near the pituitary gland (a pea-sized organ at the bottom of the brain that controls other glands) and the hypothalamus (a small cone-shaped organ connected to the pituitary gland by nerves).

Craniopharyngiomas are benign (not cancer) and do not spread to distant parts of the brain or to other parts of the body. However, they may grow into the pituitary gland, optic chiasm, optic nerves, or nearby fluid -filled spaces in the brain. Many functions including hormone making, growth, and vision may be affected. Craniopharyngiomas are usually part solid mass and part fluid-filled cyst.

Brain tumors can occur in both children and adults; however, treatment for children may be different than treatment for adults.


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