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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103603/real-time-ultrasound-guided-catheter-navigation-for-approaching-deep-seated-brain-lesions-role-of-intraoperative-neurosonography-with-and-without-fusion-with-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Sunil Manjila, Aditya Karhade, Ji Hoon Phi, R Michael Scott, Edward R Smith
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Brain shift during the exposure of cranial lesions may reduce the accuracy of frameless stereotaxy. We describe a rapid, safe, and effective method to approach deep-seated brain lesions using real-time intraoperative ultrasound placement of a catheter to mark the dissection trajectory to the lesion. METHODS: With Institutional Review Board approval, we retrospectively reviewed the radiographic, pathologic, and intraoperative data of 11 pediatric patients who underwent excision of 12 lesions by means of this technique...
January 20, 2017: Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100291/systematic-review-of-neuropsychological-rehabilitation-for-prospective-memory-deficits-as-a-consequence-of-acquired-brain-injury
#2
Steven Mahan, Rebecca Rous, Anna Adlam
OBJECTIVES: Prospective memory (PM) impairments are common following acquired brain injury (ABI). PM is the ability to keep a goal in mind for future action and interventions have the potential to increase independence. This review aimed to evaluate studies examining PM rehabilitation approaches in adults and children with ABI. METHODS: Relevant literature was identified using PsycARTICLES (1894 to present), PsycINFO (1880 to present), the Cochrane Library (1972 to present), MEDLINE PubMed, reference lists from relevant journal articles, and searches of key journals...
January 19, 2017: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society: JINS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099397/the-effects-of-attention-problems-on-psychosocial-functioning-in-childhood-brain-tumor-survivors-a-2-year-postcraniospinal-irradiation-follow-up
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Yunhye Oh, Hyunjung Seo, Ki Woong Sung, Yoo Sook Joung
OBJECTIVE: To examine the psychosocial outcomes and impact of attention problems in survivors of pediatric brain tumor. STUDY DESIGN: The survivors' cognitive functioning was measured using the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. The Child Behavior Checklist-Attention Problems scale was used to screen for attention problems, and participants were classified as having attention problems (n=15) or normal attention (n=36). Psychosocial functioning was examined with the Korean Personality Rating scale for Children (K-PRC) at precraniospinal radiation and at 2-year follow-up...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096729/advanced-mri-for-pediatric-brain-tumors-with-emphasis-on-clinical-benefits
#4
REVIEW
Hyun Woo Goo, Young-Shin Ra
Conventional anatomic brain MRI is often limited in evaluating pediatric brain tumors, the most common solid tumors and a leading cause of death in children. Advanced brain MRI techniques have great potential to improve diagnostic performance in children with brain tumors and overcome diagnostic pitfalls resulting from diverse tumor pathologies as well as nonspecific or overlapped imaging findings. Advanced MRI techniques used for evaluating pediatric brain tumors include diffusion-weighted imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, functional MRI, perfusion imaging, spectroscopy, susceptibility-weighted imaging, and chemical exchange saturation transfer imaging...
January 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094001/autophagy-inhibition-overcomes-multiple-mechanisms-of-resistance-to-braf-inhibition-in-brain-tumors
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Jean M Mulcahy Levy, Shadi Zahedi, Andrea M Griesinger, Andrew Morin, Kurtis D Davies, Dara L Aisner, B K Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, Brent E Fitzwalter, Megan L Goodall, Jacqueline Thorburn, Vladimir Amani, Andrew M Donson, Diane K Birks, David M Mirsky, Todd C Hankinson, Michael H Handler, Adam L Green, Rajeev Vibhakar, Nicholas K Foreman, Andrew Thorburn
Kinase inhibitors are effective cancer therapies, but tumors frequently develop resistance. Current strategies to circumvent resistance target the same or parallel pathways. We report here that targeting a completely different process, autophagy, can overcome multiple BRAF inhibitor resistance mechanisms in brain tumors. BRAF(V600E)mutations occur in many pediatric brain tumors. We previously reported that these tumors are autophagy-dependent and a patient was successfully treated with the autophagy inhibitor chloroquine after failure of the BRAF(V600E) inhibitor vemurafenib, suggesting autophagy inhibition overcame the kinase inhibitor resistance...
January 17, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069802/genomic-profiling-of-a-large-set-of-diverse-pediatric-cancers-identifies-known-and-novel-mutations-across-tumor-spectra
#6
Juliann Chmielecki, Mark Bailey, Jie He, Julia Elvin, Jo-Anne Vergilio, Shakti Ramkissoon, James Suh, Garrett M Frampton, James X Sun, Samantha Morley, Daniel Spritz, Siraj Ali, Laurie Gay, Rachel L Erlich, Jeffrey S Ross, Joana Buxhaku, Hilary Davies, Vinny Faso, Alexis Germain, Blair Glanville, Vincent A Miller, Philip J Stephens, Katherine A Janeway, John M Maris, Soheil Meshinchi, Trevor J Pugh, Jack F Shern, Doron Lipson
Pediatric cancers are generally characterized by low mutational burden and few recurrently mutated genes. Recent studies suggest that genomic alterations may help guide treatment decisions and clinical trial selection. Here, we describe genomic profiles from 1,215 pediatric tumors representing sarcomas, extracranial embryonal tumors, brain tumors, hematologic malignancies, carcinomas, and gonadal tumors. Comparable published datasets identified similar frequencies of clinically relevant alterations, validating this dataset as biologically relevant...
January 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059591/epigenetic-modification-in-chromatin-machinery-and-its-deregulation-in-pediatric-brain-tumors-insight-into-epigenetic-therapies
#7
Eleonore Maury, Rintaro Hashizume
Malignancies are characterized by the reprogramming of epigenetic patterns. This reprogramming includes gains or losses in DNA methylation and disruption of normal patterns of covalent histone modifications, which are associated with changes in chromatin remodeling processes. This review will focus on the mechanisms underlying this reprogramming and, specifically, on the role of histone modification in chromatin machinery and the modifications in epigenetic processes occurring in brain cancer, with a specific focus on epigenetic therapies for pediatric brain tumors...
January 6, 2017: Epigenetics: Official Journal of the DNA Methylation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052939/no-association-between-radiation-dose-from-pediatric-ct-scans-and-risk-of-subsequent-hodgkin-lymphoma
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Amy Berrington de Gonzalez, Neige Journy, Choonsik Lee, Lindsay M Morton, Richard Harbron, Douglas R Stewart, Louise Parker, Alan W Craft, Kieran McHugh, Mark Little, Mark Pearce
BACKGROUND: We examined the relationship between estimated radiation dose from CT scans and subsequent Hodgkin lymphoma in the UK pediatric CT scans cohort. METHODS: A retrospective, record linkage cohort included patients aged 0-21 years who underwent CT scans between 1980 and 2002 and were followed up for cancer or death until 2008. Poisson regression analysis was used to evaluate the relationship between estimated radiation dose (lagged by two years) and incident Hodgkin lymphoma diagnosed at least two years after the first CT scan...
January 4, 2017: Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048024/su-f-t-116-predicting-iq-and-the-risk-of-hearing-loss-following-proton-versus-photon-radiotherapy-for-pediatric-brain-tumor-patients
#9
D Fortin, A Ng, D Tsang, M Sharpe, N Laperriere, D Hodgson
PURPOSE: The increased sparing of normal tissues in intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT) compared to photon intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) in brain tumor treatments should translate into improved neurocognitive outcomes. Models were used to estimate the intelligence quotient (IQ) and the risk of hearing loss 5 years post radiotherapy and to compare outcomes of proton against photon in pediatric brain tumors. METHODS: Patients who had received radical IMRT were randomly selected from our retrospective database: 10 cases each of craniopharyngioma, ependymoma and medulloblastoma, and 20 cases of glioma...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044936/nano-delivery-in-pediatric-tumors-looking-back-moving-forward
#10
Marta Colletti, Virginia Di Paolo, Angela Galardi, Giuseppe Maria Milano, Angela Mastronuzzi, Franco Locatelli, Angela Di Giannatale
Recent advances in the treatment of pediatric tumors led to an improvement of survival in this population. As a result, many pediatric survivors experience long-term effects that impact their quality of life. Therefore, it is extremely important to identify new treatment approaches that may target the tumor minimizing the drug-related side effects. Over the past 10 years, remarkable advances in nanomedicine have provided several potential tools for cancer treatment. Recently, there has been a growing interest towards therapeutic nanocarriers in the pediatric field, since they represent a new strategy to enhance the drug efficacy and reduce the toxicity...
January 2, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043238/recurrent-ataxia-in-children-and-adolescents
#11
Michael S Salman, Samantha F Klassen, Janine L Johnston
BACKGROUND: Recurrent ataxia is encountered infrequently in clinical pediatric neurology practise and presents with diagnostic challenges. It is caused by several disorders. Our aims were to describe the epidemiology and clinical features in children with recurrent ataxia. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective review was undertaken in 185 children with chronic ataxia, who presented during 1991 to 2008. Several databases were searched to ensure optimum ascertainment...
January 3, 2017: Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. le Journal Canadien des Sciences Neurologiques
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035748/a-phase-i-study-of-perifosine-with-temsirolimus-for-recurrent-pediatric-solid-tumors
#12
Oren J Becher, Stephen W Gilheeney, Yasmin Khakoo, David C Lyden, Sofia Haque, Kevin C De Braganca, Jill M Kolesar, Jason T Huse, Shakeel Modak, Leonard H Wexler, Kim Kramer, Ivan Spasojevic, Ira J Dunkel
BACKGROUND: The PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway is aberrantly activated in many pediatric solid tumors including gliomas and medulloblastomas. Preclinical data in a pediatric glioma model demonstrated that the combination of perifosine (AKT inhibitor) and temsirolimus (mTOR inhibitor) is more potent at inhibiting the axis than either agent alone. We conducted this study to assess pharmacokinetics and identify the maximum tolerated dose for the combination. PROCEDURE: We performed a standard 3+3 phase I, open-label, dose-escalation study in patients with recurrent/refractory pediatric solid tumors...
December 30, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28035316/primary-pediatric-mid-brain-lymphoma-report-of-a-rare-pediatric-tumor-in-a-rare-location
#13
Rony Benson, Supriya Mallick, Suvendu Purkait, Vaishali Suri, K P Haresh, Subhash Gupta, Dayanand Sharma, Pramod Kumar Julka, Goura Kishore Rath
Primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is a rare disease in pediatric age group. A thirteen-year-old male child presented with complaints of headache for six months, vomiting and diplopia for three days. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed a single lesion of 1.7 cm × 1.6 cm × 1.6 cm in the mid brain and tectum. He underwent a gross total resection of the tumor. The histopathological evaluation revealed B cell high grade non Hodgkin lymphoma. The patient was treated with High dose methotrexate and cranio spinal radiation...
December 16, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28017579/seizures-caused-by-brain-tumors-in-children
#14
Iván Sánchez Fernández, Tobias Loddenkemper
PURPOSE: To review the epidemiology, clinical features, and treatment of seizures secondary to pediatric brain tumors. METHOD: Literature review. RESULTS: Pediatric brain tumors are the most common solid pediatric tumor and the most common cause of death in pediatric cancer. Seizures are one of the most common symptoms of pediatric brain tumors. Factors associated with increased risk of seizures include supratentorial location, gray matter involvement, low-grade, and certain histological features-especially dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumor, ganglioglioma, and oligodendroglioma...
December 7, 2016: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010956/central-tegmentum-tract-hyperintensities-in-pediatric-neurological-patients-incidence-or-coincidence
#15
Uğur Işık, Alp Dinçer
AIM: The central tegmental tract hyperintensities (CTTH) have been found in many different pediatric neurological conditions. There is only scarce data about the value of this radiological phenomenon. In this study we aimed to show the neurological conditions associated with this radiological finding. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of all pediatric brain MRI's between 2013 and 2015. After finding those patients with CTTH, we evaluated them in the pediatric neurology clinic...
December 20, 2016: Brain & Development
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28010789/50-years-ago-in-the-journal-of-pediatrics-adrenocortical-neoplasms-with-hemihypertrophy-brain-tumors-and-other-disorders
#16
Emily B Heikamp, D Williams Parsons, Sharon E Plon
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January 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009226/report-of-effective-trametinib-therapy-in-2-children-with-progressive-hypothalamic-optic-pathway-pilocytic-astrocytoma-documentation-of-volumetric-response
#17
Catherine Miller, Daniel Guillaume, Kathryn Dusenbery, H Brent Clark, Christopher Moertel
Brain tumors are the most common solid tumor in childhood, and astrocytomas account for the largest proportion of these tumors. Increasing sophistication in genetic testing has allowed for the detection of specific mutations within tumor subtypes that may represent targets for individualized tumor treatment. The mitogen-activating protein kinase (MAPK) pathway and, more specifically, BRAF mutations have been shown to be prevalent in pediatric pilocytic astrocytomas and may represent one such area to target...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004469/long-term-follow-up-after-proton-beam-therapy-for-pediatric-tumors-a-japanese-national-survey
#18
Masashi Mizumoto, Shigeyuki Murayama, Tetsuo Akimoto, Yusuke Demizu, Takashi Fukushima, Yuji Ishida, Yoshiko Oshiro, Haruko Numajiri, Hiroshi Fuji, Toshiyuki Okumura, Hiroki Shirato, Sakurai Hideyuki
Proton beam therapy (PBT) is a potential new alternative to treatment with photon radiotherapy that may reduce the risk of late toxicity and secondary cancer, especially for pediatric tumors. The goal of this study was to evaluate the long-term benefits of PBT in cancer survivors. A retrospective observational study of pediatric patients who received PBT was performed at four institutions in Japan. Of 343 patients, 62 were followed up for 5 or more years. These patients included 40 males and 22 females, and had a median age of 10 years (range: 0-19 years) at the time of treatment...
December 22, 2016: Cancer Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002790/establishment-and-application-of-a-novel-patient-derived-kiaa1549-braf-driven-pediatric-pilocytic-astrocytoma-model-for-preclinical-drug-testing
#19
Florian Selt, Juliane Hohloch, Thomas Hielscher, Felix Sahm, David Capper, Andrey Korshunov, Diren Usta, Sebastian Brabetz, Johannes Ridinger, Jonas Ecker, Ina Oehme, Jan Gronych, Viktoria Marquardt, David Pauck, Heidi Bächli, Charles D Stiles, Andreas von Deimling, Marc Remke, Martin U Schuhmann, Stefan M Pfister, Tilman Brummer, David T W Jones, Olaf Witt, Till Milde
Pilocytic astrocytoma (PA) is the most frequent pediatric brain tumor. Activation of the MAPK pathway is well established as the oncogenic driver of the disease. It is most frequently caused by KIAA1549:BRAF fusions, and leads to oncogene induced senescence (OIS). OIS is thought to be a major reason for growth arrest of PA cells in vitro and in vivo, preventing establishment of PA cultures. Hence, valid preclinical models are currently very limited, but preclinical testing of new compounds is urgently needed...
December 17, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001090/recent-technological-advances-in-pediatric-brain-tumor-surgery
#20
Bassel Zebian, Francesco Vergani, José Pedro Lavrador, Soumya Mukherjee, William John Kitchen, Vita Stagno, Christos Chamilos, Benedetta Pettorini, Conor Mallucci
X-rays and ventriculograms were the first imaging modalities used to localize intracranial lesions including brain tumors as far back as the 1880s. Subsequent advances in preoperative radiological localization included computed tomography (CT; 1971) and MRI (1977). Since then, other imaging modalities have been developed for clinical application although none as pivotal as CT and MRI. Intraoperative technological advances include the microscope, which has allowed precise surgery under magnification and improved lighting, and the endoscope, which has improved the treatment of hydrocephalus and allowed biopsy and complete resection of intraventricular, pituitary and pineal region tumors through a minimally invasive approach...
December 21, 2016: CNS Oncology
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