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What is diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma?

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Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is a rare type of brain cancer that usually affects children.

In DIPG, a tumor forms in the stem of the brain in an area called the pons. It’s in the lower part of the brain that controls vital body functions like your blood pressure, heart rate, swallowing, eyesight and eye movement, balance, and breathing.

DIPG is a kind of glioma, or a tumor that starts in the brain’s glial cells of your brain. They’re also called pontine tumors or pontine gliomas.

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).”

Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation: “DIPG Facts.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center: “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 15, 2020

SOURCES:

Weill Cornell Brain and Spine Center: “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).”

Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation: “DIPG Facts.”

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center: “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).”

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital: “Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).”

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 15, 2020

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