Ependymoma versus astrocytoma of the spinal cord

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

A number of factors are useful when differentiating between spinal cord ependymoma and spinal cord astrocytoma of the spinal cord. 

Ependymoma

  • child or adult
  • more central in location
  • bone remodelling is common
  • low T1 signal
  • well-defined enhancement
  • syrinx is more common
  • haemorrhage is more common

Astrocytoma

  • child
  • more eccentric
  • bone remodelling is less common
  • low T1 signal
  • ill-defined enhancement
  • syrinx is less common
  • haemorrhage is less common
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rID: 10549
Tags: stub, refs, spine
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  • Ependymoma vs astrocytoma of the spinal cord

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