The influence of central review on outcome in malignant gliomas of the spinal cord: The CCG-945 experience

Eric Bouffet, Jeffrey C. Allen, James M. Boyett, Allen Yates, Floyd Gilles, Peter C. Burger, Richard L. Davis, Laurence E. Becker, Ian F. Pollack, Jonathan L. Finlay

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Abstract

Objective The impact of central pathology review on outcome has been described in pediatric patients with highgrade glioma (HGG). The objective of this report was to analyze the impact of the central pathology review on outcome in the subgroup of patients with institutional diagnosis of HGG of the spinal cord enrolled in the Children's Cancer Group 945 cooperative study. Methods Five neuropathologists centrally reviewed the pathology of the 18 patients with HGG of the spinal cord who were enrolled in the study. These reviews were independent, and reviewers were blinded to clinical history and outcomes. A consensus diagnosis was established for each patient, based on the outcome of the review. Results Of 18 patients, only 10 were confirmed to have HGG on central review. At a median follow-up of 12 years, event-free and overall survival for all 18 patients was 43.2% ± 13.3% and 50% ± 13.4%, respectively. After central review, 10-year event-free and overall survival for confirmed HGGs and discordant diagnoses was 30% ± 12.5% versus 58.3% ± 18.8% (p = 0.108) and 30% ± 12.5% versus 75% ± 14.2% (p = 0.0757), respectively. Conclusions The level of discordant diagnoses in children and adolescents with institutional diagnosis of HGG of the spinal cord was 44% in this experience. However, there was no significant difference in outcome between patients with confirmed and discordant diagnosis. This group of tumor deserves a specific attention in future trials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-459
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
Volume17
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Central review
  • Malignant glioma
  • Oncology
  • Pathology
  • Spinal cord
  • Spine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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    Bouffet, E., Allen, J. C., Boyett, J. M., Yates, A., Gilles, F., Burger, P. C., Davis, R. L., Becker, L. E., Pollack, I. F., & Finlay, J. L. (2016). The influence of central review on outcome in malignant gliomas of the spinal cord: The CCG-945 experience. Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, 17(4), 453-459. https://doi.org/10.3171/2015.10.PEDS1581