Surgical treatment of a neonate with refractory seizures secondary to congenital giant cell astrocytoma: case report and literature review.

Division of Neurosurgery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong.
Hong Kong medical journal = Xianggang yi xue za zhi / Hong Kong Academy of Medicine 07/2006; 12(3):222-4.
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ABSTRACT Congenital brain tumours are rare. They account for 0.5% to 1.9% of intracranial tumours in childhood and have an incidence of 0.34 per million live births. Most congenital brain tumours are neuro-ectodermal tumours and medulloblastomas; giant cell astrocytoma and other tuberous sclerosis-related tumours are rare. We report on a neonate who developed seizures that were refractory to medical treatment. Imaging studies revealed a right frontal calcified tumour. Surgical resection was performed successfully and pathology revealed the tumour to be a giant cell astrocytoma. The child was seizure-free afterwards.

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