Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors of the Central Nervous System Medication

Updated: May 31, 2018
  • Author: Subrata Ghosh, MD, MBBS, MS; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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Medication Summary

No specific medications are used for the treatment of PNET. Steroids may be used for decreasing peritumoral edema. (Chemotherapy is discussed in Treatment.)



Class Summary

These agents reduce edema around tumor, frequently leading to symptomatic and objective improvement.

Dexamethasone (Decadron)

Postulated mechanisms of action in brain tumors include reduction in vascular permeability and decreased CSF production.