Ependymoma Tumor Diagnosis Pathophysiology and Prognosis of Pediatric and Adult Patients

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Christopher Jones


Ependymomas are a rare type of tumor that affects the Central Nervous System (CNS) of adolescents and adults. The tumor derives from the Ependymal cells which are responsible for lining the ventricles containing cerebrospinal fluid within the brain and spinal cord. While pediatric patients are more likely to develop the tumor in the brain, adult patients mainly develop the tumor in the spinal cord region. (Gerstner, 2018). Ependymomas range from being slow growing Grade I tumors to malignant and fast growing Grade III tumors which are known as anaplastic. Current medical treatments for this tumor provide more positive outcomes for adult patients versus pediatric patients. This paper will explore the pathophysiology of the disease in both patient types in order to provide insight into possible differences that better explain the clinical outcome.

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Christopher Jones, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

My name is Christopher Jones. I am a Community Health-Pre Med major. As an Undergraduate student I have been involved in several activities including Minorities in Medicine (MAPS), Intramural Basketball, as well as various volunteering opportunities throughout the Champaign-Urbana community. I am also a member of The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity inc. One of my most memorable moments thus far was belong selected to participate in the NIAMS Summer Research Fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Washington D.C. My goal is to attend Medical School and become a Neurosurgeon.