Disease Information

Brain Tumor: Optic Pathway Tumor

Alternate Names: Optic nerve tumors, chiasmatic glioma and optic gliomas


What is an optic pathway tumor?

An optic pathway tumor is one that is found along the visual system. This system sends signals from the eye to the brain so a person can “see” images. The visual system includes the optic nerve, the optic tract, the chiasm and the optic radiation.


How common are optic pathway tumors?


What are the symptoms of an optic pathway tumor?

Symptoms of an optic pathway tumor depend on the tumor’s location and the child’s age.