Surgical resection of intrinsic brain stem lesions: An overview

D. S. Heffez, S. J. Zinreich, D. M. Long

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Abstract

A major limitation to the effective treatment of intrinsic mass lesions of the brain stem has been the inability to clearly define the pathological anatomy radiographically. The improved soft tissue resolution offered by magnetic resonance imaging, as compared with axial computed tomography, now makes it possible not only to accurately distinguish antomical relationships, but also to predict the pathological nature of the lesion. Accordingly, we have been encouraged to pursue a more aggressive approach to intrinsic lesions of the brain stem that appear well circumscribed on magnetic resonance imaging scan. The object of this paper is to report the successful treatment of four intrinsic lesions of the brain stem and to present an overview of the relevant published experience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)789-798
Number of pages10
JournalNeurosurgery
Volume27
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1990

Keywords

  • Brain stem
  • Intrinsic lesions
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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