Central Neurocytoma

A central neurocytoma is a tumor located in your brain’s ventricles, a network of spaces filled with spinal fluid. This type of tumor is almost always noncancerous, but it can cause problems. It may block the flow of fluid between your ventricles, which increases pressure inside your brain. Central neurocytomas are rare, but typically occur in adults between the ages of 20 and 40.



A central neurocytoma may go unnoticed until it causes increased pressure in the skull. 

Increased brain pressure caused by a central neurocytoma can cause:

  • Confusion
  • Trouble speaking
  • Personality changes
  • Seizures
  • Changes in your vision


If your doctor suspects that you have a central neurocytoma, he or she will evaluate your symptoms and may order imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, to determine where the tumor is located.

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Treatment Options

Once you’ve been diagnosed, your doctor may recommend a combination of brain tumor treatment options, including chemotherapy and radiation to treat the cancer, as well as surgery to remove the tumor. 

Aurora offers state-of-the-art approaches to surgery and radiation, including:

  • CyberKnife® radiosurgery, a non-invasive, robotic system that delivers high-dose radiation therapy to tumors with pinpoint accuracy.
  • Brain mapping technology, which provides guidance for a minimally invasive procedure to access the tumor through a dime-sized narrow channel, or port. That means you’ll experience less scarring, fewer side effects and a faster recovery.

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