Excellent prognosis among posterior fossa tumors in children

Excellent prognosis among posterior fossa tumors in children

Most posterior fossa tumors in children have a poor prognosis except for one, which has an excellent prognosis. What is it? 

Juvenile cerebellar pilocytic astrocytoma has virtually a 100% 5-year survival rate.

This tumor develops in the cerebellar hemispheres of school-aged children. Histologically, the tumor cells are hair-like (pilocytic).

The tumor is classified as a grade 1 neoplasm, which is a well-circumscribed neoplasm without local invasiveness. Complete resection is curative.

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