Resection of tumors of the third ventricle involving the hypothalamus: effects on body mass index using a dedicated surgical approach

P Mortini, F Gagliardi, Michele Bailo, N Boari, A Castellano, A Falini, M Losa

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Abstract

Resection of large lesions growing into the third ventricle is considered nowadays still a demanding surgery, due to the high risk of severe endocrine and neurological complications. Some neurosurgical approaches were considered in the past the procedures of choice to access the third ventricle, however they were burden by endocrine and neurological consequences, like memory loss and epilepsy. We report here the endocrine and functional results in a series of patients operated with a recently developed approach specifically tailored for the resection of large lesions growing into the third ventricle. Authors conducted a retrospective analysis on 10 patients, operated between 2011 and 2012, for the resection of large tumors growing into the third ventricle. Total resection was achieved in all patients. No perioperative deaths were recorded and all patients were alive after the follow-up. One year after surgery 8/10 patients had an excellent outcome with a Karnofsky Performance Status of 100 and a Glasgow Outcome score of 5, with 8 patients experiencing an improvement of the Body Mass Index. Modern neurosurgery allows a safe and effective treatment of large lesions growing into the third ventricle with a postoperative good functional status. © 2016 Springer Science+Business Media New York
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-147
Number of pages10
JournalEndocrine
Volume57
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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