Surgical strategies in treating brainstem cavernous malformations.

  title={Surgical strategies in treating brainstem cavernous malformations.},
  author={Liang Chen and Yao Jun Zhao and Liangfu Zhou and Wei Zhu and Zhiguang Pan and Ying Mao},
  volume={68 3},
  pages={609-20; discussion 620-1}
BACKGROUND Optimal therapy of brainstem cavernous malformations (BSCMs) remains controversial because their biological behavior is unpredictable and surgical removal is challenging. OBJECTIVE To analyze our experience with BSCMs and to conduct a review of the literature to identify a rational approach to the management of these lesions. METHODS Fifty-five patients harboring 57 BSCMs underwent surgery and 17 patients were treated conservatively during the 10-year period from 1999 to 2008… CONTINUE READING


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