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Standards for the management of gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) in children do presently not exist. Thus a systematic review and summary of the current literature was conducted serving as a basis for the further development of optimal management strategies for childhood GIST within a cooperative network. Presently 21 cases with familial GIST, and(More)
BACKGROUND Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors are highly malignant embryonal central nervous system (CNS) tumors that were defined as an entity in 1996. As compared with other malignant CNS tumors, their biological behavior is particularly aggressive, but patients may benefit from an intensified treatment. Atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors display a complex(More)
PURPOSE To identify better risk stratification systems in childhood medulloblastoma based on clinical factors and analysis of routinely processed formalin-fixed tumor material. EXPERIMENTAL DESIGN Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor samples from well-documented patients treated within the prospective randomized multicenter trial HIT'91 were analyzed(More)
A 3 and 1/2-yr-old boy underwent matched unrelated stem cell transplantation (SCT) for hyper-IgM syndrome. He developed acute and chronic skin graft-vs.-host disease (GVHD). Ten months following SCT he presented with severe hemolytic anemia and thrombocytopenia (Evans' syndrome). Treatment included high-dose steroids, intravenous immunoglobulins,(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the efficacy and side effects of two different intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) dose regimens for the initial treatment of childhood acute immune thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP). METHODS Thirty-four consecutive patients with a clinical diagnosis of acute ITP and a platelet count below 20x10(9)/L were randomized to receive either 1(More)
Immune reconstitution is critical for the long-term success of haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We prospectively analysed immune reconstitution parameters after transplantation of autologous (group 1; n = 10) and allogeneic (group 2; n = 12) highly purified CD34+ peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) and unmanipulated allogeneic bone marrow(More)
OBJECTIVES Although amphotericin B (AmB) and its lipid formulations are used for the treatment of fungal infections of the CNS, the kinetics of AmB in the CSF after intravenous administration of liposomal amphotericin B (LAmB) are not well characterized. PATIENTS AND METHODS From 14 paediatric haemato-oncological patients (aged 0.4-19.5 years, median 7.6(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to quantify the severity of late effects by a simple numerical score (late effects severity score, LESS) in patients who received radiochemotherapy for medulloblastoma or ependymoma. The LESS was correlated with neurocognitive and quality of life (QoL) outcomes. PATIENTS AND METHODS The LESS was calculated by assigning(More)
OBJECT Reports on spinal cord ependymoma in children are rare. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical spectrum, treatment, and outcome of children with primary ependymoma of the spinal cord who were registered in the database of the pediatric German brain tumor studies Hirntumor (HIT) '91 and HIT 2000. METHODS Between 1991 and 2007, 29(More)
Purely intracranial soft tissue sarcomas (ISTS) are very rare among children. A retrospective database analysis of the Cooperative Weichteilsarkom Studiengruppe (CWS) and brain tumor (HIT) registries was conducted to describe treatment and long-term outcome of children and adolescents with ISTS. Nineteen patients from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were(More)