Feb 24 2019

Medical Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) Medical Definition

#diffuse #intrinsic #pontine #glioma #dipg


Medical Definition of Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG)

Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG). a highly aggressive type of brain tumor found in the pons, a part of the brainstem. The brainstem controls many vital functions, like breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure. About 300 children are affected each year by DIPGs. They most commonly occur in children 5-9 years of age and can be difficult to treat. The causes and risk factors for developing DIPG are not understood. The prognosis for DIPG is very poor. Symptoms include problems with controlling eye and eyelid movement and facial expression and difficulty swallowing and chewing. Other symptoms can include difficulty speaking. trouble walking. and weakness in the arms and the legs.

“Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) in Children.” Boston Children’s Hospital. .

Last Editorial Review: 4/27/2015

Back to MedTerms online medical dictionary A-Z List

Need help identifying pills and medications?
Use the pill finder tool on RxList.

Cancer Report Newsletter

Sign up to stay informed with the latest cancer-related updates on MedicineNet delivered to your inbox FREE!

BONUS! Get a Free Health & Wellness PDF Guide when you sign up!

Written by MICHIGAN

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *