This is the most common type of glioma in both adults and children.  Astrocytomas are glial cell tumours that are derived from connective tissue cells called astrocytes.  These cells can be found anywhere in the brain or spinal cord.  

Astrocytomas are the most common type of childhood brain tumour.  They are generally subdivided into high-grade or low-grade tumours, with high-grade astrocytomas being the most malignant of all brain tumours.  

Anaplastic astrocytoma (also called grade 3 astrocytoma) and  glioblastoma multiforme (GBM or grade 4 astrocytoma) are the most common brain tumours in adults.  These are malignant brain gliomas.  They can sometimes spread to other parts of the brain.

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