Stereotaxic biopsy and radioactive implantation for interstitial therapy of tumors of the pineal region

Franco Frank, Giulio Gaist, Giancarlo Piazza, Renata Frank Ricci, Carmelo Sturiale, Ercole Galassi

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Abstract

Stereotaxic biopsy was performed in 10 patients with tumors of the pineal region. On the basis of intraoperative tissue diagnosis, low-energy radioactive sources (125I) were implanted in seven patients for interstitial irradiation during the same stereotaxic procedure. Results were good in five cases. This therapeutic modality appears to be indicated in cases of proven low-grade malignancy, inas-much as the implantation of radioactive sources in a highly malignant lesion carries the risk of severe, often irreversible, damage to the surrounding brain, because of possible seed migration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-280
Number of pages6
JournalSurgical Neurology
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1985

Keywords

  • Brain biopsy
  • Interstitial irradiation
  • Pinealoma
  • Stereotaxic techniques

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Surgery

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