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Surgical treatment and prognosis of focal brainstem gliomas in children

A 7 year single center experience
Authors: Sun, Tao; Xu, Yan; Pan, Changcun; Liu, Yuhan; Tian, Yongji; Li, Chunde; Di, Fei; +1 Authors

Surgical treatment and prognosis of focal brainstem gliomas in children

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Abstract This study aims to describe the role of open surgical treatment for focal brainstem gliomas (FBSGs) with the assistance of multimodal neuronavigation and intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring (IOM) in children to investigate the efficacy of microsurgical treatment in pediatric FBSGs. Also the prognostic factors related to the overall survival (OS) of FBSGs to describe the patient and tumor characteristics relevant to prognosis/outcome were focused on. Clinical data of 63 pediatric patients below 16 years of age with FBSGs admitted to the Neurosurgical Unit of Beijing Tiantan Hospital from January 2012 to December 2018 were retrospectively analyzed. All patients underwent initial surgical treatment, followed by magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), neuronavigation and IOM. Gross or near total resection (GTR or NTR) was achieved in 57/63 (90.5%) cases, and subtotal resection (STR) was achieved in 6/63 (9.5%) cases. Postoperative adjuvant therapy was received by 27/63 (42.9%) cases. Postoperative pathological examination revealed that 36/63 (57.1%) cases had grade I gliomas, 22/63 (34.9%) had grade II, and 5/63 (8.0%) had grade III–IV gliomas according to the WHO classification. The mean Karnofsky score preoperatively was 60, and at the time of follow-up was 90. Consecutively, 6 cases demonstrated disease progression, and 5 of these were deceased. The OS in all patients was 81.2% at 5 years. Histological grade (P < .001) and age at diagnosis (P = .023) showed significant association with prolonged OS. Multimodal neuronavigation and IOM allow very precise intracranial surgery, contributing to a maximally safe resection that might decrease the postoperative disability and mortality rate. This study also showed that pediatric FBSGs were mostly low-grade tumors with excellent surgical outcomes. Consequently, it is suggested that microsurgery can be used to treat FBSGs in children in order to provide better prognosis and survival outcomes.

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Microsoft Academic Graph classification: medicine.medical_specialty Neuronavigation medicine.medical_treatment Single Center medicine Adjuvant therapy Survival analysis business.industry Mortality rate Retrospective cohort study Microsurgery Surgery business Intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring

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Male, China, Microsurgery, Adolescent, Intraoperative Neurophysiological Monitoring, Observational Study, magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging, 5300, focal brainstem gliomas, Brain Stem Neoplasms, Humans, Karnofsky Performance Status, Child, Neuronavigation, Retrospective Studies, Postoperative Care, Infant, Glioma, General Medicine, Prognosis, Survival Analysis, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, Chemotherapy, Adjuvant, Child, Preschool, Disease Progression, Female, Neoplasm Grading, Research Article

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