Deferring adjuvant therapy for totally resected intracranial ependymoma.


Radical surgery is the most important treatment modality for ependymoma. The benefit of adjuvant radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy following a gross total resection of a low grade intracranial ependymoma is uncertain. Since 1990 we elected to defer adjuvant therapy in 7 pediatric patients with a median age of 7 years (range 3-16 years) who had a radical resection of an intracranial ependymoma and no evidence of central nervous system metastases. The primary tumor site was the cerebral hemisphere (6) and the cerebellum (1). A gross total resection was radiologically confirmed in 5 of the 7 patients. Two of the patients had a blood clot in the resection site on the postoperative magnetic resonance imaging scan. All patients are alive after a median follow-up of 44 months and the median progression-free survival is 38+ months. Five of the patients remain in continuous remission. The 2 patients with postoperative blood clots developed subclinical local recurrences, 10 and 11 months, respectively, after diagnosis. They remain in remission for 13+ and 27+ months after subsequent radical surgical procedures. Involved field radiotherapy was administered to 1 patient. After a limited period of follow-up, radical surgery alone appears to be sufficient for the majority of children with low grade ependymomas diagnosed at > 3 years of age when postoperative imaging confirms a gross total resection. This is more likely to occur in supratentorial ependymomas arising in older children.


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@article{Awaad1996DeferringAT, title={Deferring adjuvant therapy for totally resected intracranial ependymoma.}, author={Yasser Awaad and Jeffrey C. Allen and Douglas Miller and Steven Jay Schneider and Jeffrey H. Wisoff and Fred J. Epstein}, journal={Pediatric neurology}, year={1996}, volume={14 3}, pages={216-19} }