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Extensive surgical resection of supratentorial gliomas increases survival. However, some reports suggest that the perioperative morbidity and mortality outweigh the potential benefit of the procedure. We examined prospectively morbidity and mortality in 104 consecutive patients who underwent surgery for supratentorial glioma, as well as other factors that(More)
A compound of methylcellulose-silicone expanding progressively over a 1-week period by moisture absorption was implanted in the midthoracic epidural space of 17 Sprague Dawley adult rats. When the animals became paraplegic 6.3 +/- 1.6 days later, they were randomized into three groups: untreated control (n = 5), high dose dexamethasone (HD, 1.25 mg/kg(More)
Fifty-five consecutive patients with recurrent intracranial malignant gliomas were reoperated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1972 to 1983. The patients were 10 to 70 years old (median, 48 years). Thirty-five patients (64%) had glioblastoma multiforme, and 20 (36%) had anaplastic astrocytoma. The median interval between the first operation(More)
The authors reviewed the records of 231 patients who underwent resection of brain metastases from nonsmall-cell lung cancer between 1976 and 1991. Data regarding the primary disease and the characteristics of brain metastasis were retrospectively collected. Median survival in the group from the time of first craniotomy was 11 months; post-operative(More)
To assess the value of whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) after complete resection of a single brain metastasis we reviewed the records of 98 patients who had elective craniotomy between 1978 and 1985. Seventy-nine patients received postoperative WBRT (Group A) and 19 patients no radiotherapy (RT) (Group B). Neurological relapse was designated as local (i.e.,(More)
Nineteen patients with tumors involving the thoracolumbar spine were treated by Harrington rod stabilization following laminectomy. Sixteen patients had metastatic neoplasms, and three had primary tumors of the vertebral column. In five patients, extensive decompressive laminectomy and Harrington distraction rods to provide immediate stability were used as(More)
The results of treatment of neoplastic spinal cord compression by vertebral body resection and immediate stabilization in 101 consecutive patients over a 5-year period have been analyzed. Sites of primary cancer included the lung (25 patients), kidney (15 patients), breast (14 patients), connective tissue (12 patients), and a variety of others (35(More)
Six patients with multifocal glioma are presented. Computerized tomography revealed multiple, discrete, contrast-enhancing lesions in the cerebral hemispheres, suggestive of multiple intracranial metastases. The most accessible lesion was resected at craniotomy in each patient, confirming the diagnosis of primary malignant glioma. Postoperative radiation(More)