Medical Illustration of Ependymoma

Ependymomas are tumors that arise from ependymal cells, which are specialized cells lining the ventricles of the brain and the central canal of the spinal cord. They are classified as central nervous system (CNS) tumors and can occur in both children and adults.

Here’s a general description of an ependymoma:

  1. Location: Ependymomas typically develop within the brain or spinal cord, commonly found in the posterior fossa (the back part of the brain), but they can occur in other locations as well.
  2. Shape and Size: Ependymomas can vary in size and shape. They may appear as a mass or a growth with well-defined boundaries or infiltrating into surrounding tissues.
  3. Appearance: Ependymomas are usually grayish or pinkish in color. They may have a soft, fleshy consistency.
  4. Cystic Components: Some ependymomas may contain cysts (fluid-filled sacs) within the tumor. These cysts can vary in size and may contribute to the overall appearance of the tumor.

The following are illustrations that depict ependymoma tumours and the primary locations that get affected by these tumours. 

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The below image depicts a normal brain and a brain affected by tumour growth. Bulging fontanel is a noticeable sign of ependymoma childhood tumours.

A – NORMAL BRIAN, B – Brain affected by a tumour