Neurosurgical treatment of meningiomas in children and young adults


Object: We studied the frequency, functional outcome, association with neurofibromatosis (NF) and relapse in patients operated on for meningiomas at age 0–20 years in three Norwegian centers between 1972 and 1999. Methods: Information was collected by examining case notes and histology records, conducting telephone interviews and performing new radiological investigations. Twenty-seven patients were identified. Five had NF, and all 5 developed multiple tumors. In non-NF patients, relapse occurred in 2 out of 19 who underwent total tumor resection, and in all 3 whose surgery was nonradical. There was 1 postsurgical death, and no other major complications. Most patients had few complaints or none at all resulting from their previous tumor or treatment. Conclusions: Meningiomas without NF have a good prognosis in children and young adults if the tumor can be removed radically. However, relapse can occur many years after the primary operation.

DOI: 10.1007/s00381-001-0516-5

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@article{LundJohansen2001NeurosurgicalTO, title={Neurosurgical treatment of meningiomas in children and young adults}, author={Morten Lund-Johansen and David Scheie and Tomm Muller and Tryggve Lundar and Eirik Helseth}, journal={Child's Nervous System}, year={2001}, volume={17}, pages={719-723} }