Review of the role of radiotherapy in craniopharyngiomas: How does patient age influence management decisions?

Paola Franzone, Laura Berretta, Salvina Barra

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Abstract

Craniopharyngioma is a brain tumor that can affect children and adults. Although histologically benign, if untreated it can enlarge and lead to serious morbidity and even death, because of its close proximity to critical structures in the parasellar region, including the pituitary, hypothalamus, optic chiasm, carotid arteries and third ventricle. Surgically, two main approaches are currently pursued: macroscopic complete excision or a primarily conservative approach. Another question is the role of radiotherapy in the postoperative setting. Because the associated morbidities with aggressive surgery or radiotherapy can be particularly pronounced in children, the most appropriate management of craniopharyngiomas in this age group remains controversial.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-397
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism
Volume19
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Craniopharyngioma
Radiotherapy
Morbidity
Optic Chiasm
Third Ventricle
Carotid Arteries
Brain Neoplasms
Hypothalamus
Age Groups

Keywords

  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Neurocognitive
  • Radiotheraphy
  • Sequelae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Endocrinology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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Review of the role of radiotherapy in craniopharyngiomas : How does patient age influence management decisions? / Franzone, Paola; Berretta, Laura; Barra, Salvina.

In: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, Vol. 19, No. SUPPL. 1, 2006, p. 395-397.

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