[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the effect of propofol and fentanyl on microelectrode recording (MER) and its clinical applicability during subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery. We analyzed 8 patients with Parkinson's disease, underwent bilateral STN DBS with MER. Their left sides were done under awake and then their right sides were done with a continuous infusion of propofol and fentanyl under local anesthesia. The electrode position was evaluated by preoperative MRI and postoperative CT. The clinical outcomes were assessed at six months after surgery. We isolated single unit activities from the left and the right side MERs. There was no significant difference in the mean firing rate between the left side MERs (38.7±16.8 spikes/sec, n=78) and the right side MERs (35.5±17.2 spikes/sec, n=66). The bursting pattern of spikes was more frequently observed in the right STN than in the left STN. All the electrode positions were within the STNs on both sides and the off-time Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale part III scores at six months after surgery decreased by 67% of the preoperative level. In this study, a continuous infusion of propofol and fentanyl did not significantly interfere with the MER signals from the STN. The results of this study suggest that propofol and fentanyl can be used for STN DBS in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease improving the overall experience of the patients.
Journal of Korean medical science. 09/2014; 29(9):1278-86.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: A 45-yr-old female patient was admitted with one-month history of headache and progressive left hemiparesis. Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) demonstrated a mass lesion in her right frontal lobe. Her brain tumor was confirmed as a small cell glioblastoma. Her follow-up brain MRI, taken at 8 months after her initial surgery demonstrated tumor recurrence in the right frontal lobe. Contrast-enhanced 7.0T brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was safely performed before surgery and at the time of recurrence. Compared with 1.5T and 3.0T brain MRI, 7.0T MRI showed sharpened images of the brain tumor contexture with detailed anatomical information. The fused images of 7.0T and 1.5T brain MRI taken at the time of recurrence demonstrated no significant discrepancy in the positions of the anterior and the posterior commissures. It is suggested that 7.0T MRI can be safely utilized for better images of the maligant gliomas before and after surgery.
Journal of Korean medical science. 07/2014; 29(7):1012-7.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the extended endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach (TSA) for recurrent or residual craniopharyngiomas, focusing on the extent of tumor resection and complications resulting from surgery at a single institution.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Object Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) is an autosomal-dominant inherited disease, characterized by multiple neoplasia syndromes, including meningioma, schwannoma, glioma, and ependymoma. In this report, the authors present their clinical experience with pediatric NF2 patients. In particular, they focused on the clinical course of vestibular schwannoma (VS), including the natural growth rate, tumor control, and functional hearing outcomes. Methods From May 1988 to June 2012, the authors recruited patients who were younger than 18 years and fulfilled the Manchester criteria. In total, 25 patients were enrolled in this study. The authors analyzed the clinical course of these patients. In addition, they measured the natural growth rate of VS before any treatment in these children with NF2. Then, they evaluated the tumor control rate and functional hearing outcomes after the treatment of VS. Results The mean age at the onset of NF2-related symptoms was 9.9 ± 4.5 years (mean ± SD, range 1-17 years). The mean age at the diagnosis of NF2 was 12.9 ± 2.9 years (range 5-17 years). The mean follow-up period was 89.3 months (range 12-311 months). As initial manifestations, nonvestibular symptoms were frequently observed in pediatric patients with NF2. The mean natural growth rate of VS was 0.33 ± 0.41 cm(3)/year (range 0-1.35 cm(3)/year). The tumor control rate of VS was 35.3% at 3 years after Gamma Knife surgery (GKS). The actuarial rate of useful hearing preservation was 67% in the 1st year and 53% in the 5th year after GKS. Conclusions Clinical manifestations in children with NF2 were highly variable, compared with their adult counterparts. The natural growth rate of VS in children is slow, and this oncological feature may explain the diverse clinical manifestations besides vestibular symptoms in children with NF2. The treatment outcome of GKS for VS in children with NF2 was not favorable compared with previous reports of affected adults.
Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics 04/2014; · 1.63 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We performed this retrospective study to analyze the outcome of patients with cavernous sinus hemangioma (CSH) after stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS). We analyzed 19 patients with CSHs who were treated with SRS between 1998 and 2011. The median age of the patients was 50 years (range, 35-73 years), and 16 (84.2 %) of the patients were female. SRS was performed as a primary treatment for 18 patients and to treat a residual lesion after surgical resection in one patient. Nine (47.4 %) patients had cranial neuropathies in 14 cranial nerves before SRS, whereas five (26.3 %) patients were initially asymptomatic. The mean volume of the CSHs was 6.1 ± 7.2 cm(3) (range, 0.3-32.3 cm(3)), and the median marginal dose at the 50 % isodose line was 14.5 Gy (range, 11.5-16.0 Gy). The mean follow-up period was 37 months (range, 12-85 months). At the last follow-up, the lesion volume had decreased in all patients. The average tumor volume had decreased to 26 % (range, 0-70 %) of the initial volume at the last follow-up MRI. The first follow-up MRI, performed 6.1 ± 1.0 months after the SRS, showed that the tumor volume had decreased to 41 % (range, 0-88 %) of the initial volume. All 14 of the cranial neuropathies observed before SRS had improved, with complete remission in 12 (85.7 %) cranial nerves and partial remission in two (14.3 %). There were no radiation-induced neuropathies or complications during the follow-up period. SRS appears to be an effective and safe treatment modality for the management of CSHs.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology 03/2014; · 3.12 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objective
While several prognostic models have been presented in NSCLC patients with brain metastasis, none of these models have included molecular markers as an index. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prognostic value of EGFR mutations and to integrate these EGFR mutations into the prognostic index in NSCLC patients with brain metastasis.
Materials and Methods
We analyzed retrospectively 292 lung adenocarcinoma patients with brain metastasis. Clinico-pathological features and overall survival (OS) were compared between patients with EGFR mutations and patients with EGFR wild type. EGFR mutation status was integrated with lung specific Graded Prognostic Assessment (GPA) score.
Among 292 patients, EGFR mutation status was tested in 183 patients. One hundred and five patients (57.4%) had EGFR activating mutations, 14 (7.7%) had EGFR non-activating mutations and 64 (35.0%) had EGFR wild type. OS was significantly longer in patients with EGFR activating mutations than in those with EGFR wild type patients (20.4 vs. 10.1 months, p = 0.002). However, patients with EGFR non-activating mutations did not show superior OS compared with EGFR wild type patients (14.6 vs. 10.1 months, p = 0.83). Multivariate analysis revealed that the presence of EGFR activating mutation is an independent positive prognostic factor for OS (adjusted hazard ratio 0.56, p = 0.002).
EGFR activating mutations have a prognostic role in lung adenocarcinoma patients with brain metastasis that is independent of other known prognostic factors. The frequency of EGFR mutation was higher than expected. The presence of EGFR activating mutations should be included as an index in the prognostic models for lung adenocarcinoma patients with brain metastasis.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Mitochondrial dysfunction in dopaminergic neurons of patients with idiopathic and familial Parkinson's disease (PD) is well known although the underlying mechanism is not clear. We established a homogeneous population of human adipose tissue-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (hAD-MSCs) from human adult patients with early-onset hereditary familial Parkin-defect PD as well as late-onset idiopathic PD by immortalizing cells with the hTERT gene to better understand the underlying mechanism of PD. The hAD-MSCs from patients with idiopathic PD were designated as "PD", from patients with Parkin-defect PD as "Parkin" and from patients with pituitary adenomas as "non-PD" in short. The pGRN145 plasmid containing hTERT was introduced to establish telomerase immortalized cells. The established hTERT-immortalized cell lines showed chromosomal aneuploidy sustained stably over two-years. The morphological study of mitochondria in the primary and immortalized hAD-MSCs showed that the mitochondria of the non-PD were normal; however, those of the PD and Parkin were gradually damaged. A striking decrease in mitochondrial complex I, II, and IV activities was observed in the hTERT-immortalized cells from the patients with idiopathic and Parkin-defect PD. Comparative Western blot analyses were performed to investigate the expressions of PD specific marker proteins in the hTERT-immortalized cell lines. This study suggests that the hTERT-immortalized hAD-MSC cell lines established from patients with idiopathic and familial Parkin-defect PD could be good cellular models to evaluate mitochondrial dysfunction to better understand the pathogenesis of PD and to develop early diagnostic markers and effective therapy targets for the treatment of PD.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The surgical approach for recurrent pituitary adenoma after trans-sphenoidal approach (TSA) is challenging. We report the outcomes of the endoscopic TSA for recurrent pituitary adenoma after microscopic TSA.
From February 2010 to February 2013, endoscopic TSA was performed for removal of 30 recurrent pituitary adenomas after microscopic TSA. Twenty-seven (90%) patients had a clinically non-functioning pituitary adenoma. Twenty-four (80%) patients suffered from a visual disturbance related to tumor growth. The clinical features and surgical outcomes were retrospectively analyzed for the ophthalmological, endocrinological, and oncological aspects.
The mean tumor volume was 11.7 cm(3), and gross total resection was achieved in 50% of patients. The volumetric analysis based on the postoperative MR showed that the mean extent of resection rates were 90%. Vision was improved in 19 (79%) of 24 patients with visual symptoms, and endocrinological cure was achieved in all of three functioning pituitary adenomas; however, the post-operative follow-up endocrinological examination revealed a new endocrinological deficit in one patient. Two patients required antibiotics management for post-operative meningitis.
The endoscopic TSA can be an effective treatment option for recurrent pituitary adenoma after microscopic TSA with acceptable outcome.
Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 10/2013; 54(4):317-322. · 0.56 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Despite the favorable outcomes of radiosurgery for central neurocytoma (CN), these results are based on case series that included a limited number of patients and short follow-up periods because of the scarcity of CN. Because CN is a benign tumor with an indolent clinical course, long-term follow-up and analysis of failure pattern are required for the establishment of the role of radiosurgery in the management of CN. Twenty consecutive patients (10 patients who received Gamma Knife radiosurgery (GKRS) as a primary treatment and 10 patients who received GKRS as a secondary treatment) with a radiological follow-up period ≥36 months were included in this study. The mean radiological follow-up duration was 100 months (range 43-149 months). The mean tumor volume was 10.4 cm(3) (range 0.4-36.4 cm(3)) and the mean marginal dose was 15.4 Gy (range 9-20 Gy). Local control failure was found in six patients at the last radiological follow-up. Overall actuarial local control rates were 89.5 % at 5 years and 83.1 % at 10 years. The primary GKRS group included two cases with local failure, with cyst formation or local recurrence. In contrast, in the secondary GKRS group, local control failure was found in four cases (including three cases with an "out-of-field recurrence" pattern) and occurred earlier compared with the primary GKRS group. Our study suggests that GKRS could be a primary or secondary treatment option for CN. However, long-term radiological follow-up is mandatory. In particular, more careful consideration during margin delineation and planning procedure is required in the secondary GKRS group.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology 09/2013; · 3.12 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: As increasing numbers of deep brain stimulation (DBS) procedures are performed, rare abnormal findings on postoperative images that are not attributable to well-known complications are reported. Between 2005 and 2012, we encountered several symptomatic patients with transient abnormal low-attenuation lesions on postoperative computed tomography (CT) scans. The aim of this study was to clarify this rare phenomenon using chronological observations and to suggest a feasible mechanism.
In this period, seven (3.2 %) patients displayed transient increased low-attenuation signals, circumferentially surrounding the DBS electrodes and extending into the subcortical white matter. All these patients suffered from unexpected but transient neurological symptoms during the postoperative period. The abnormal low-attenuation lesions only disappeared completely a considerable time after the clinical symptoms had disappeared, without treatment in most patients.
We report here our chronological observations of acute brain reactions after DBS procedures, which we believe are neither infectious nor vascular, but are possibly caused by the mechanical breakdown of the blood-brain barrier by microelectrode recordings or by anchored DBS electrodes. These lesions are thought to constitute a self-limiting disorder requiring no further treatment.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We investigated the safety and clinical applicability of 7.0 Tesla (T) brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with brain tumors. Twenty-four patients with intraaxial or extraaxial brain tumors were enrolled in this study. 7.0T MRIs of T2*-weighted axial and T1-weighted coronal or sagittal images were obtained and compared with 1.5T brain MRIs. The T2*-weighted images from 7.0T brain MRI revealed detailed microvasculature and the internal contents of supratentorial brain tumors better than that of 1.5T brain MRI. For brain tumors located in parasellar areas or areas adjacent to major cerebral vessels, flow-related artifacts were exaggerated in the 7.0T brain MRIs. For brain tumors adjacent to the skull base, susceptibility artifacts in the interfacing areas of the paranasal sinus and skull base hampered the aquisition of detailed images and information on brain tumors in the 7.0T brain MRIs. This study shows that 7.0T brain MRI can provide detailed information on the intratumoral components and margins in supratentorial brain tumors. Further studies are needed to develop refined MRI protocols for better images of brain tumors located in the skull base, parasellar, and adjacent major cerebrovascular structures.
Journal of Korean medical science 09/2013; 28(9):1362-72. · 0.84 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The object of this study was to analyze treatment outcomes and to identify the prognostic factors, with a focus on the role of adjuvant radiotherapy (ART), predicting disease progression in atypical meningiomas. From 1997 to 2011, 83 patients with meningioma were included in this study. All patients were histologically confirmed as atypical meningioma and were treated with surgical resection with or without ART. As primary therapy, 27 patients received surgical resection followed by ART, and 56 received no adjuvant therapy. Of 83 evaluable patients, 55 (66.3 %) patients underwent complete resection. The median ART dose was 61.2 Gy and their median age was 52 years. The 5- and 10-year actuarial overall survival rates were 90.2 and 62.0 %, and the 5- and 10-year progression-free survival (PFS) rates were both 48.0 %, with a median follow-up of 43.0 months. Addition of ART (p = 0.016) and complete tumor resection (p = 0.002) were associated with superior PFS. When stratified to four groups according to resection status and ART, the groups of patient with incomplete resection without ART showed significantly worse PFS compared to other three groups (p < 0.001). In conclusion, surgical resection followed by ART led to lower local tumor progression in patients with atypical meningioma defined by the updated 2000/2007 WHO classification. Our results may contribute to the routine use of ART, especially after incomplete resection, until the outcomes of ongoing prospective trials are available.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology 08/2013; · 3.12 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The purpose of this study is to investigate the possible role of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) in the management of patients with brain metastases from hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). Thirty-two consecutive patients with 80 brain metastases from HCC were treated with SRS. Twenty-eight (87.5 %) patients were male, and the mean age of the patients was 54 ± 12 years (range 22-73). Twenty-seven (84.4 %) patients were classified as RTOG RPA Class 2. The mean tumor volume was 6.14 ± 11.3 cm(3) (range 0.01-67.3). The mean marginal dose prescribed was 20.1 ± 3.6 Gy (range 10.0-25.0). The median overall survival time after SRS was 11.3 ± 5.8 weeks (95 % CI 0-22.7). A greater total volume of brain metastases (>14 cm(3)) was the only independent prognostic factor (HR = 2.419; 95 % CI 1.040-5.624; p = 0.040). The actuarial control rate of brain metastases was 51.3 % at 4 months after SRS. The prescribed marginal dose (>18 Gy) was significantly related with the actuarial tumor control (HR = 0.254; 95 % CI 0.089-0.725; p = 0.010). The prognosis of patients with brain metastases from HCC is dismal even with the modern technology of radiosurgery. The marginal dose prescribed should be reevaluated to improve upon the current poor local control rates.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology 06/2013; · 3.12 Impact Factor
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To determine the benefit of surgical management in recurrent glioblastoma, we analyzed a series of patients with recurrent glioblastoma who had undergone surgery, and we devised a new scale to predict their survival.Methods
Clinical data from 55 consecutive patients with recurrent glioblastoma were evaluated after surgical management. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and Cox proportional hazards regression modeling were used to identify prognostic variables for the development of a predictive scale. After the multivariate analysis, performance status (P = .078) and ependymal involvement (P = .025) were selected for inclusion in the new prognostic scale. The devised scale was validated with a separate set of 96 patients from 3 different institutes.ResultsA 3-tier scale (scoring range, 0-2 points) composed of additive scores for the Karnofsky performance status (KPS) (0 for KPS ≥ 70 and 1 for KPS < 70) and ependymal involvement (0 for no enhancement and 1 for enhancement of the ventricle wall in the magnetic resonance imaging) significantly distinguished groups with good (0 points; median survival, 18.0 months), intermediate (1 point; median survival, 10.0 months), and poor prognoses (2 points; median survival, 4.0 months). The new scale was successfully applied to the validation cohort of patients showing distinct prognosis among the groups (median survivals of 11.0, 9.0, and 4.0 months for the 0-, 1-, and 2-point groups, respectively).Conclusions
We developed a practical scale to facilitate deciding whether to proceed with surgical management in patients with recurrent glioblastoma. This scale was useful for the diagnosis of prognostic groups and can be used to develop guidelines for patient treatment.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: In Gamma Knife radiosurgery, the occurrence of reapplying the stereotactic frame leads to re-examination and re-planning. To avoid undergoing invasive second angiography examination for the treatment of vascular lesions, and reduce re-planning time, a mathematical coordinate transformation method using the anatomical information has been developed. The MR or CT images of a human brain before and after frame reapplication were correlated with each other using the Affine transformation. The transformation parameters which minimize the RMS error of the original and transformed coordinates between the images were determined using a genetic algorithm. Three CT image studies of skull phantom and five MR image studies of patients were used for the evaluation. The RMS error in the coordinate transformation of skull phantom and clinical images was 0.3 ± 0.1 mm and 0.6 ± 0.1 mm, respectively. The original treatment plans of patients were converted to new plans using the transformation matrix. For total 9 treatment lesions of 0.2-14.1 cc, 3% and 11% RMS error in the irradiation time and target coverage were found respectively. The deeply-located lesions showed a better RMS error of 3% in the conformity index and similar dose distribution than superficial lesions close to the skull.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: This study was performed to evaluate the incidence of seizures with its implications on disease progression and the diagnostic value of post-ictal magnetic resonance images (MRI) during the management of high-grade gliomas (HGGs). A total of 406 consecutive patients with newly diagnosed HGGs were retrospectively reviewed. The incidence of seizures during the management was investigated. In patients who experienced a seizure, the causality between seizures and disease progression was assessed by pre-ictal, post-ictal (<1 month), and follow-up (<3 months) MRI. After a median follow-up of 17.4 months (range 0.1-88.3), seizures developed in 127 patients (31 %). Of the 127 patients, radiological progression at the post-ictal MRI was found in 83 patients (65 %) and the follow-up MRI confirmed progression in 79 patients (62 %). Four other patients (3 %) were shown to be progression-free. Among those without radiological progression at the post-ictal MRI, the follow-up MRI confirmed progression-free in 31 patients (24 %); however, 13 patients (10 %) revealed eventual progression. In the patients with a seizure, absence of preoperative seizures (p = 0.003), <95 % tumor resection (p = 0.001), and pre-ictal Karnofsky Performance Scale score ≤70 (p = 0.025) were significantly associated with disease progression. During the management of HGG, 31 % of patients experienced seizures; of these patients, 72 % harbored progressive disease. The post-ictal MRI is useful for detecting disease progression; however, there are pitfalls. Clinical settings should be considered together for diagnosing disease progression in patients with seizures.
Journal of Neuro-Oncology 03/2013; · 3.12 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Few studies have analyzed the clinical impact of subthalamic nucleus (STN) deep brain stimulation (DBS) as a function of the positioning of the inserted electrode. We investigated retrospectively the three-year outcomes in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients following bilateral STN DBS in terms of the electrode positions. Forty-one advanced PD patients were followed up for over three years following bilateral STN DBS. Patients were evaluated with the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), Hoehn and Yahr staging, Schwab and England Activities of Daily Living (ADL), and the Short Form-36 Health Survey (SF-36) before surgery and one, two, and three years after surgery. The patients were divided into two groups according to the electrode position based on the fused preoperative MRI and postoperative CT images: group I included patients who had both electrodes in the STN (n=30) while group II included patients who had one of the electrodes in the STN (n=11). The UPDRS, the Hoehn & Yahr staging, the Schwab and England ADL, and the SF-36 scores showed significant improvements with decreased l-dopa equivalent daily doses (LEDDs) in both groups as well as in the group as a whole for up to three years following bilateral STN DBS. However, the off-medication UPDRS total and motor (part III) scores significantly deteriorated with increased LEDDs for patients in group II three years after STN DBS compared to that of the group I patients. We conclude that more accurate electrode positioning in the STN leads to better long-term outcomes in advanced PD patients following DBS.
Journal of the neurological sciences 02/2013; · 2.32 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Objectives. Pituitary adenomas often cause deficits in visual acuity (VA) and visual field (VF) due to compression of the optic chiasm. This study is to identify factors most likely to predict the prognosis of VA and VF after transsphenoidal pituitary adenectomy. Materials and methods. Clinical records of patients who underwent transsphenoidal pituitary adenectomy were retrospectively reviewed. Data analysed included systemic and visual symptom duration, tumour size, presence of suprasellar tumour extension, histological classification of tumour, VA, and VF. VFs were determined using the Goldmann VF test and quantified according to methods outlined by the American Medical Association. Results. One-hundred and seventy eyes from 85 patients were included. Systemic and visual symptom duration, pre- and postoperative tumour size, and age did not correlate with postoperative VA or VF score. Patients with normal preoperative VA had a better postoperative VA than that of patients with preoperative VA of 20/30 or worse. Patients with normal preoperative VA had better postoperative VF score than that of patients with preoperative VA of 20/70 or worse. Postoperative VF score was lower in the preoperative ≥ 2 quadrant field loss group than in the ≤ 1 quadrant field loss group. Postoperative VA was worse in the ≥ 2 quadrant loss group than in the normal field group. Preoperative VA correlated with postoperative VA and VF score, and preoperative VF score correlated with postoperative VF score but not with VA. Conclusions. Preoperative VA is a prognostic factor for postoperative VA and VF. Preoperative VF is predictive of postoperative VF and postoperative VA in cases with severe VF loss.
British Journal of Neurosurgery 02/2013; · 0.86 Impact Factor
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Advancements over the past generation have yielded several new treatment options for the management of brain metastases. However, surgical resection (SR) still remains the mainstay of treatment and is performed especially if decompression is required. The goal of this study was to evaluate the role of surgical resection for patients with brain metastases and to find the best indications for SR. METHODS: SR as an initial treatment was performed in 157 patients. Among the 157 patients, 109 (69.4 %) and 17 (10.8 %) underwent adjuvant whole-brain radiotherapy and radiosurgery, respectively. Thirty-one (19.7 %) patients did not undergo adjuvant treatment. Overall survival, tumour recurrence, and clinical outcomes were evaluated. The clinical situation was classified based on the recursive partitioning analysis (RPA) class and Karnofsky performance scale (KPS). RESULTS: The overall median survival was 19.3 months. Median survival according to the extent of surgical resection was 20.4 months after gross total resection (GTR) and 15.1 months after subtotal resection (STR) (P = 0.016). The patients with stable primary extracranial cancer survived longer than patients with synchronous detection of extracranial cancer (P = 0.032). The RPA I class patients showed longer survival than the RPA II class patients (P = 0.047). This difference was more prominent in the GTR group than in the STR group (GTR, P = 0.022; STR, P = 0.075). The KPS score of the GTR group changed from 82.3 to 87.0 and that of the STR group changed from 79.2 to 77.1 (P = 0.001). Adjuvant treatment did not lead to a significant improvement in the survival and clinical outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Surgical resection may accomplish satisfactory outcomes with technical advancement. The best indications for SR for brain metastasis are RPA I class, stable extracranial cancer, and a planned GTR of the tumour. Even with the advancements in adjuvant therapy, surgical resection plays a major role in the management of brain metastasis.