Stereotactic biopsy of brain stem masses: Decision analysis and literature review.

@article{Samadani2006StereotacticBO,
  title={Stereotactic biopsy of brain stem masses: Decision analysis and literature review.},
  author={Uzma Samadani and Sherman Stein and Gul Moonis and Seema S. Sonnad and Pia Bonura and Kevin D. Judy},
  journal={Surgical neurology},
  year={2006},
  volume={66 5},
  pages={484-90; discussion 491}
}
BACKGROUND Adult brain stem tumors are rare, and diverse pathology can be found in this location. Stereotactic biopsy of lesions in the brain stem has been performed since the 1960s with high diagnostic and low complication rates. Advances in imaging technology have raised questions regarding the utility of biopsy. We perform decision analysis to aid clinicians in their approach to management of adult brain stem lesions. METHODS A structured literature search revealed 20 publications with 457… CONTINUE READING

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