Cerebellar astrocytoma: Experience with 54 cases surgically treated at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, from 1978 to 1990

Vittorio M. Morreale, Michael J. Ebersold, Lynn M. Quast, Joseph E. Parisi

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Abstract

A comprehensive review of the literature has shown that the treatment of choice for cerebellar astrocytomas has primarily been gross-total resection of the mass and gross-total resection of the enhancing portion of pilocytic astrocytomas. Most large scale studies of postresection survival rates of patients with cerebellar astrocytomas were conducted when computerized tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging were not readily available. It has been shown that postoperative CT scans or MR images are more reliable than the surgeon's estimate of the degree of tumor resection at the time of surgery. It is not possible, therefore, to make an accurate determination regarding a postresection prognosis based on the degree of suspected tumor resection without the availability of appropriate radiographic imaging. In this study, the authors retrospectively evaluated the treatment of 54 patients with cerebellar astrocytoma who underwent surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1978 through 1990. Preoperative and postoperative CT scans or MR images were available in all 54 patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)257-261
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume87
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1997

Keywords

  • Cerebellar astrocytoma
  • Pilocytic astrocytoma
  • Prognosis
  • Radiology
  • Survival
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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