Brainstem tumors: Where are we today?

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Brainstem tumors comprise 10-20% of all pediatric central nervous system tumors. The management of these tumors has evolved dramatically in the past century. Once considered uniformly fatal, it is now known that brainstem tumors have distinguishing characteristics and do not behave identically. The focality and location of the lesion is determined from the clinical history, presentation, and associated imaging. Based on these findings, it is possible to predict the behavior of the tumor and choose an appropriate intervention. Focal lesions have a good prognosis and are treated operatively while diffuse lesions have a poor prognosis and are managed medically. This article reviews the current classification of brainstem tumors, current management options and future directions for the treatment of these rare tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)192-201
Number of pages10
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007


  • Brainstem tumors
  • Cervicomedullary tumors
  • Dorsal exophytic tumors
  • Glioma
  • Medulla
  • Midbrain tumors
  • Pontine glioma
  • Tectal tumors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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