What are Low Grade Gliomas?
Low-grade gliomas are slow growing malignant primary brain tumors. There are several different types of low-grade gliomas that differ histologically and with respect to prognosis. These tumors generally occur in young adults or children, and are often diagnosed after a history of seizures. The natural history of these tumors vary. However generally, they may take years, if not decades, to grow.
Diagnosis of Low Grade Glioma
Low-grade gliomas may initially be imaged using MRI and PET scan. Although imaging studies may reveal certain characteristics that suggest one specific tumor type, definitive diagnosis can only be obtained via brain biopsy.
Treatment and Surgery for Low Grade Glioma
Complete surgical resection is often sufficient for some of these tumors when it can be accomplished. When this is not possible, such as with tumors that involve a critical region of the brain, then further therapy is required usually in the form of chemotherapy for younger children and radiation therapy or radiosurgery for older individuals.
At Princeton Neurological Surgery, Dr. Lipani is a board certified fellowship trained neurosurgeon in New Jersey and specialist in the treatment for low-grade glioma. Dr. Lipani treats patients from around the world as well as locally from Princeton, New Brunswick, Hopewell, Pennington and communities throughout Somerset, Middlesex, Ocean, Burlington, Monmouth, Morris and Mercer Counties for low, intermediate (e.g., mixed cell astrocytoma), and high-grade (i.e., GBM) gliomas. Dr. Lipani offers image guided brain surgery approaches and the latest in noninvasive radiosurgery procedures for low-grade glioma treatment, tailored to the needs of each patient. For state-of-the-art low-grade glioma treatment, or to learn about CyberKnife radiosurgery, call or email us to schedule a consultation at our offices in Hamilton, Bridgewater, or Morristown, New Jersey!
Many patients needing neurosurgery don’t want to travel far from home to see a specialist in another state. With Dr. Lipani, you have low-grade glioma surgery options and never have to leave New Jersey. Dr. Lipani makes sure all his patients are well taken care of before and after neurosurgery, making them feel like part of the family.