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Pediatric papillary tumors of the pineal region: to observe or to treat following gross total resection?


Abela, Lucia; Rushing, Elisabeth Jane; Ares, Carmen; Scheer, Ianina; Bozinov, Oliver; Boltshauser, Eugen; Grotzer, Michael A (2013). Pediatric papillary tumors of the pineal region: to observe or to treat following gross total resection? Child's Nervous System, 29(2):307-310.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Papillary tumors of the pineal region (PTPR) are rare brain tumors characterized by frequent local recurrences. Standardized treatment strategies are not yet defined. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 3-year-old girl diagnosed with PTPR. Due to her young age, adjuvant radiotherapy was omitted after gross total tumor resection. Thirty-six months later, local tumor recurrence occurred. Considering the possible risks of secondary surgery, the recurrent tumor was irradiated with proton radiotherapy. Three months later, the tumor showed near-complete remission. DISCUSSION: Based on this experience and other pediatric case reports from the literature, local radiotherapy might be suggested also after complete tumor resection.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Papillary tumors of the pineal region (PTPR) are rare brain tumors characterized by frequent local recurrences. Standardized treatment strategies are not yet defined. CASE REPORT: We present the case of a 3-year-old girl diagnosed with PTPR. Due to her young age, adjuvant radiotherapy was omitted after gross total tumor resection. Thirty-six months later, local tumor recurrence occurred. Considering the possible risks of secondary surgery, the recurrent tumor was irradiated with proton radiotherapy. Three months later, the tumor showed near-complete remission. DISCUSSION: Based on this experience and other pediatric case reports from the literature, local radiotherapy might be suggested also after complete tumor resection.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurosurgery
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Institute of Neuropathology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2013
Deposited On:24 Jan 2013 15:25
Last Modified:18 Feb 2018 10:22
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0256-7040
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00381-012-1935-1
PubMed ID:23053362

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