Non-resective management of pineoblastoma

Barlas O., Bayindir C., Imer M., Ayan I. , Darendeliler E.

MINIMALLY INVASIVE NEUROSURGERY, cilt.43, ss.163-170, 2000 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 43 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2000
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1055/s-2000-14509
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.163-170


The results of a non-resective treatment approach for pineoblastoma comprising stereotactic biopsy, cerebrospinal fluid diversion, and fractionated radiotherapy in six patients over a period of six years are presented. There were three male and three female patients, with a median age at diagnosis of 20 years. Magnetic resonance imaging of the spine, ventricular cerebrospinal fluid cytology, and tumour markers in cerebrospinal fluid were negative. Tumour response to initial radiotherapy was complete in three patients and partial in three patients. Recurrences were treated with interstitial irradiation with iodine-125 seeds in four instances, repeat radiotherapy when time elapsed was more than five years in one instance, with surgical resection in two instances, and chemotherapy in two instances. The diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness of this management strategy is assessed. There were no complications related to surgical procedures. The median follow-up time was 48 months (range 14-70 months). Five patients were alive at 14, 45, 51, 57, and 70 months of follow-up. One patient died of disease at 28 months following diagnosis. The overall survival rate was 80% +/- 17.89% at 28 months. The results of this study suggest that this non-resective treatment approach is acceptable as an initial treatment alternative to radical surgical resection of pineoblastomas.