These tumors originate in astrocytes, a star-shaped cerebral glial cells.
Included in the class of astrocytoma are:
They are usually found in adult dogs, but they have been reported in dogs less than 6 months old as well. They are common in brachycephalic (short nose) breeds but can be seen in any breed. The cells tend to be arranged around blood vessels.
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