A ganglioglioma is low-grade tumor of mixed cell type. It is very rare and contains properties of both glial cells (responsible for providing the structural support of the central nervous system) and neuronal cells (the functioning component of the central nervous system).

  • Ganglioglioma usually occur in the cerebrum (the part of the brain that controls motor, sensory and higher mental function), but can occur in any part of the brain or spinal cord.
  • In rare cases, ganglioglioma may transform into a higher grade, more malignant tumor.
  • Children with certain genetic syndromes, including neurofibromatosis 1 and tuberous sclerosis, are at higher risk of developing glial tumors, including gangliogliomas; however, most of these tumors develop spontaneously.

How Dana-Farber/Boston Children's approaches ganglioglioma

Children and adolescents with ganglioglioma are treated at Dana-Farber/Boston Children's through our Brain Tumor Center, one of the largest and most experienced pediatric brain tumor treatment programs in the world. Our brain tumor specialists have extensive expertise in treating all types of brain tumors, including ganglioglioma. Our patients receive care from neuro-oncologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, and pediatric subspecialists.

Learn more

Find in-depth information on ganglioglioma on the Dana-Farber/Boston Children's website, including details on ganglioglioma symptoms, treatment and more.