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Optic Nerve Gliomas

What is an optic nerve glioma?

Optic nerve gliomas are a type of malignant glioma (brain tumor) found in the optic chiasm. Optic nerve gliomas often surround the optic nerves, which send messages from the eyes to the brain. They are frequently found in persons who have neurofibromatosis.

Symptoms of an optic nerve glioma:

A person with an optic nerve glioma usually experiences loss of vision, as well as hormone problems, since these tumors are usually located at the base of the brain where hormonal control is located. They are typically difficult to treat due to the surrounding sensitive brain structures. Learn more about symptoms for gliomas.

Treatment for optic nerve gliomas:

Treatment for an optic nerve glioma may include surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or observation. Learn more about treatment for optic nerve gliomas.

Learn about other types of gliomas: astrocytoma, brain stem glioma, ependymoma, mixed glioma, oligodendroglioma.

To make an appointment or request a consultation, contact the Johns Hopkins Glioma Center at 410-955-6406.


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