Pleomorphic Xanthoastrocytoma (PXA)
Pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma (PXA) is a rare and benign brain tumor most frequently found in children and teenagers. The average age of diagnosis is 12. PXAs grow in cells throughout the central nervous system that support brain function. These tumors grow slowly and do not normally spread, but often cause seizures. Other symptoms include headaches, nausea, vision problems, loss of balance and weight loss or gain.
Best in Care
The AdventHealth Neuroscience Institute is a state-of-the-art facility for adults and children affected by PXAs. We specialize in minimally invasive treatments that use laser technology to remove tumors or reduce their size. These advanced techniques often minimize damage to surrounding tissue and result in less scarring and pain. Using image-guided stereotactic neurosurgery, our surgeons can view 3-D images of PXAs during surgery, helping them to remove more of the tumor. Surgery usually stops seizures caused by PXAs. Recovery is quicker after minimally invasive surgeries, because no incision is made.