In this article three intracranial tumors are described including signs, symptoms and radiologic findings. Two of the more common tumor types are discussed-meningioma and astrocytoma, along with one less common type, the germinoma. The germinoma with its less common features provides an interesting comparison. Each tumor is exemplified using case presentations. The neuroscience nurse, in understanding the mechanisms by which these tumors manifest themselves, will be better able to predict treatment, outcome and correlate nursing care as necessary.
Questions or comments about this article may be directed to the author at: Department of Neurosurgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905. She is a nurse physician assistant.
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