Results of positron emission tomography guidance and reassessment of the utility of and indications for stereotactic biopsy in children with infiltrative brainstem tumors.

@article{Pirotte2007ResultsOP,
  title={Results of positron emission tomography guidance and reassessment of the utility of and indications for stereotactic biopsy in children with infiltrative brainstem tumors.},
  author={Benoit J. M. Pirotte and Alphonse Lubansu and Nicolas Massager and David Wikler and Serge Goldman and Marc Levivier},
  journal={Journal of neurosurgery},
  year={2007},
  volume={107 5 Suppl},
  pages={
          392-9
        }
}
OBJECT Most intrinsic infiltrative brainstem lesions diagnosed in children are gliomas, and these carry a very bad prognosis. Although the utility and risk of stereotactically guided biopsy procedures in intrinsic infiltrative brainstem lesions have been widely questioned, the neuroimaging diagnosis may be inaccurate in approximately 25% of cases, and the consequences of empirical therapy should not be underestimated. Stereotactic biopsy sampling is still performed in many centers, but the… CONTINUE READING

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