Endoscopic management of pediatric brain tumors

ArticleinNeurosurgical FOCUS 18(6A):E1 · July 2005with2 Reads
DOI: 10.3171/foc.2005.18.6.2 · Source: PubMed
Primary endoscopic procedures for children with intraventricular brain tumors include endoscopic tumor biopsy and endoscopic tumor removal. The simultaneous treatment of hydrocephalus with endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) or endoscopic septostomy increases the appeal of a minimally invasive endoscopic approach. Eighty-five patients who underwent endoscopic management of an intraventricular brain tumor were identified from a prospective database. Of these patients, 26 were younger than 21 years of age at the time of diagnosis. The surgical technique, its success rate, and patient outcome were assessed. Illustrative cases are used in this study to detail the procedure of endoscopic tumor biopsy and resection. Endoscopic tumor procedures were successful in 96% of cases (23 of 24 endoscopic tumor biopsy samples and both endoscopic tumor removals). Fourteen simultaneous procedures were performed to treat hydrocephalus successfully. There was no recognized morbidity from the surgical procedures. Endoscopic surgery in children with intraventricular brain tumors is an effective and safe method for sampling of the lesion and, in select cases, its resection. This minimally invasive technique should be considered in situations in which the patient might thereby avoid a more conventional procedure, given the high rate of success and low morbidity associated with endoscopic management.
    • The risks of clinically significant intraoperative hemorrhage necessitating abandonment of the procedure and postoperative bleeds are reported to be 2.3 and 3.5 %, respectively [133]. The results of endoscopic biopsy in the setting of hydrocephalus are largely favorable, with recent studies citing success rates as high as 96.0 % [55]. In a recent multicenter study, Constantini et al. found that the technique provided meaningful pathological data for the majority of patients analyzed across a wide range of tumor types and locations with minimal morbidity and mortality.
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    • Endoscopic tumor resections are also frequently said to result in inferior rates of gross total resection [25]. The resection rates demonstrated in our study (75.0%) and others (71–100%) [12, 32, 37, 65], however, appear comparable to those reported for microsurgical resection (80.4%–96%), particularly when endoscopic resection attempts are limited to tumors ≤2 cm in diameter (in which case resection rates in our analysis improve to 87.8%) [2, 67]. Some apprehension about the use of endoscopy for tumor resection arises from the perception that tumors resected endoscopically are more likely to recur [12, 21].
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