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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598265/robot-assisted-endoscopic-third-ventriculostomy-institutional-experience-in-9-patients
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Reid Hoshide, Mark Calayag, Hal Meltzer, Michael L Levy, David Gonda
OBJECTIVE The endoscopic third ventriculostomy (ETV) is an established and effective treatment for obstructive hydrocephalus. In its most common application, surgeons plan their entry point and the endoscope trajectory for the procedure based on anatomical landmarks, then control the endoscope freehand. Recent studies report an incidence of neural injuries as high as 16.6% of all ETVs performed in North America. The authors have introduced the ROSA system to their ETV procedure to stereotactically optimize endoscope trajectories, to reduce risk of traction on neural structures by the endoscope, and to provide a stable mechanical holder of the endoscope...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28551848/mri-features-of-pediatric-intracranial-germ-cell-tumor-subtypes
#2
Chih-Chun Wu, Wan-Yuo Guo, Feng-Chi Chang, Chao-Bao Luo, Han-Jui Lee, Yi-Wei Chen, Yi-Yen Lee, Tai-Tong Wong
Intracranial germ cell tumors differ in histology and location, and require different clinical management strategies. We characterized the imaging features that may aid pre-operative differentiation of intracranial germinomas and non-germinomatous germ cell tumors (NGGCTs). This retrospective study analyzed 85 patients with intracranial germ cell tumors and adequate preoperative or pretreatment MRIs between 2000 and 2013 at our institution. Pretreatment MRI characteristics, apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values, tumor histopathology, and patient outcomes were compared...
May 27, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528422/5-ala-fluorescence-guided-endoscopic-surgery-for-mixed-germ-cell-tumors
#3
Junichi Takeda, Masahiro Nonaka, Yi Li, Yumiko Komori, Takamasa Kamei, Ryoichi Iwata, Tetsuo Hashiba, Kunikazu Yoshimura, Akio Asai
5-Aminolevulinic acid (5-ALA) fluorescence-guided surgery is widely used for detection and planning of resection of malignant gliomas and other brain tumors. However, no reports have described 5-ALA fluorescence-guided surgery or direct visualization of germ cell tumors. Here, we report two cases of germ cell tumors in which a positive 5-ALA fluorescent signal was visualized with a neuroendoscope. Both cases had a tumor in the pineal region that was associated with hydrocephalus. The patients underwent surgery after administration of 5-ALA...
May 20, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434958/microsurgical-resection-following-failed-gamma-knife-radiosurgery-of-papillary-tumor-of-the-pineal-gland
#4
Anil Nanda, Piyush Kalakoti, Devi Prasad Patra, Tanmoy Maiti, Hai Sun
Primary papillary tumors of the pineal region (PTPR) are rare entities with distinct histopathological characteristics. Most common surgical approaches include the supra-cerebellar infratentorial corridor or the occipital interhemispheric approach. Gamma knife radiosurgery (GKRS) is an acceptable treatment modality for parenchymal tumors of the pineal gland, and often used as a primary treatment modality for asymptomatic and indolent lesions, and as an adjunct to surgical resection. In this presentation, we describe the surgical nuances of posterior interhemispheric approach in an elderly male with a previously failed empirical GKRS...
April 18, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413554/confounding-features-of-ectopic-craniopharyngioma-a-differential-for-tumors-showing-diffusion-restriction
#5
Sudha Karnan, Vanitha Krishnamoorthy, Kailasanathan Natarajan, Babu Peter Sathyanathan
Craniopharyngiomas comprise approximately 1-3% of all intracranial tumors and arise from squamous epithelial rests along remnants of Rathke's cleft. They have bimodal age distribution. The ectopic sites reported are the nasopharynx, sphenoid bone, pineal region, cerebellopontine angle and third ventricle. We report a case of ectopic craniopharyngioma in the Foramen of Monro with restricted diffusion, which have is an unusual feature, not commonly reported and is a potential pitfall.
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247123/identification-of-characteristic-features-of-pineal-germinoma-that-enhance-accuracy-of-preoperative-differentiation-in-pineal-region-tumors-its-significance-on-optimum-surgical-treatment
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Akihiro Inoue, Takanori Ohnishi, Shohei Kohno, Shiro Ohue, Shinji Iwata, Shirabe Matsumoto, Masahiro Nishikawa, Saya Ozaki, Yosuke Mizuno, Riko Kitazawa, Takeharu Kunieda
The aim of the study is to identify characteristic features of pineal germinoma that enhance preoperative accuracy in differentiating germinoma from other pineal region tumors. Twenty-one consecutive patients with pineal region tumors were enrolled. In all patients, tumor resection was performed to verify the histology. Clinical records including upward gaze palsy of Parinaud's syndrome and neuroimaging were analyzed. In addition, we evaluated the relationship between magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and tumor progression patterns in pineal germinoma...
March 1, 2017: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236180/supraorbital-subfrontal-trans-laminar-endoscope-assisted-approach-for-tumors-of-the-posterior-third-ventricle
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Maurizio Iacoangeli, Roberto Colasanti, Domenic Esposito, Alessandro Di Rienzo, Lucia di Somma, Mauro Dobran, Maurizio Gladi, Massimo Scerrati
BACKGROUND: Different surgical approaches have been developed for dealing with third ventricle lesions, all aimed at obtaining a safe removal minimizing brain manipulation. The supraorbital subfrontal trans-lamina terminalis route, commonly employed only for the anterior third ventricle, could represent, in selected cases with endoscopic assistance, an alternative approach to posterior third ventricular lesions. METHODS: Seven patients underwent a supraorbital subfrontal trans-laminar endoscope-assisted approach to posterior third ventricle tumors (two craniopharyngiomas, one papillary tumor of the pineal region, one pineocytoma, two neurocytomas, one glioblastoma)...
February 24, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236067/mixed-pineal-mature-teratoma-and-germinoma-in-two-brothers-of-the-fraternal-triplets
#8
Gordan Grahovac, Tord Alden, Wadhwani Nitin
INTRODUCTION: Intracranial teratomas are rare germ cell neoplasms that contain tissues derived from all three germ cell layers and most commonly occurring during childhood. This is the first report of pineal region mixed mature teratoma and germinoma in two fraternal brothers of fraternal triplets. CASE PRESENTATION: We report the case of a mixed mature teratoma and germinoma of the pineal region in two brothers of fraternal triplets. Older brother was initially diagnosed at the age of 11 years with the pure teratoma of the pineal region but the review of the pathology 3 years after initial surgery revealed the mixed mature teratoma with 5% germinomatous component...
February 24, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228901/primary-choriocarcinoma-of-the-bilateral-basal-ganglia-presenting-in-a-teenaged-male
#9
Brandon C Perry, Francisco A Perez, Jason N Nixon, Bonnie L Cole, Gisele Ishak
Primary intracranial choriocarcinoma (PICCC), a type of germ-cell tumor, is a very rare primary tumor of the central nervous system that generally arises in the pineal or suprasellar region. We present a case of a teenage boy with PICCC of the bilateral basal ganglia, an anatomic site for which we were unable to find the previous reports. We offer discussion of the differential diagnosis, imaging characteristics, and prognosis of PICCC and germ-cell tumors of the basal ganglia, in the hope that it will increase awareness and allow for early detection...
March 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215583/clinicopathologic-characteristics-of-metastatic-esophageal-carcinoma-isolated-to-the-pineal-region-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#10
REVIEW
Margaret E Flanagan, John R Williams, Samuel N Emerson, Peter A Chiarelli, Richard G Ellenbogen, Patrick J Cimino
Metastasis to the pineal region is a rare event, and esophageal adenocarcinoma metastatic to the pineal region is exceptionally rare, with only two cases reported in the current literature. Here, we characterize a third case of metastatic esophageal adenocarcinoma to the pineal region, and compare clinicopathological characteristics among all three cases. The three patients were men, with ages at neurological presentation ranging from 48 to 65years. Time from initial esophageal adenocarcinoma diagnosis to development of neurologic symptoms ranged from 12 to 23months...
February 16, 2017: Experimental and Molecular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069468/children-with-dorsal-midbrain-syndrome-as-a-result-of-pineal-tumors
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Mary Ellen Hoehn, Julie Calderwood, Thomas O'Donnell, Gregory T Armstrong, Amar Gajjar
BACKGROUND: Dorsal midbrain syndrome (also known as Parinaud syndrome and pretectal syndrome) is a well-known complication of tumors of the pineal region. However, there are few reports regarding outcomes, especially in children. The purpose of this study was to report the ophthalmic outcomes in a group of children with pineal tumors treated at a single institution. METHODS: The medical records of pediatric patients diagnosed with pineal region tumors and evaluated at our ophthalmology clinic were studied retrospectively...
January 7, 2017: Journal of AAPOS: the Official Publication of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052648/neurocognitive-and-psychological-functioning-of-children-with-an-intracranial-germ-cell-tumor
#12
Younghee Park, Eun-Seung Yu, Boram Ha, Hyeon-Jin Park, Jong-Heun Kim, Joo-Young Kim
Purpose: This study was conducted to investigate the neurocognitive functioning of children with intracranial germ cell tumor (IGCT) prior to receiving proton beam therapy (PBT), and to identify differential characteristics of their neurocognitive functioning depending on tumor location. As a secondary object of this study, neurocognitive functions were followed up at 1-2 years after PBT to examine early post-treatment changes. Material and Methods: Between 2008 and 2014, 34 children with IGCT treated who received PBT at National Cancer Center, Korea were enrolled in this study...
January 4, 2017: Cancer Research and Treatment: Official Journal of Korean Cancer Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011926/evaluation-of-age-dependent-treatment-strategies-for-children-and-young-adults-with-pineoblastoma-analysis-of-pooled-european-society-for-paediatric-oncology-siop-e-and-us-head-start-data
#13
Martin Mynarek, Barry Pizer, Christelle Dufour, Dannis van Vuurden, Miklos Garami, Maura Massimino, Jason Fangusaro, Tom Davidson, Maria Joao Gil-da-Costa, Jaroslav Sterba, Martin Benesch, Nicolas Gerber, B Ole Juhnke, Robert Kwiecien, Torsten Pietsch, Marcel Kool, Steve Clifford, David W Ellison, Felice Giangaspero, Pieter Wesseling, Floyd Gilles, Nicholas Gottardo, Jonathan L Finlay, Stefan Rutkowski, Katja von Hoff
Background.: Pineoblastoma is a rare pineal region brain tumor. Treatment strategies have reflected those for other malignant embryonal brain tumors. Patients and Methods.: Original prospective treatment and outcome data from international trial groups were pooled. Cox regression models were developed considering treatment elements as time-dependent covariates. Results.: Data on 135 patients with pineoblastoma aged 0.01-20.7 (median 4.9) years were analyzed...
April 1, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002522/primary-retroperitoneal-seminoma-embryology-histopathology-and-treatment-particularities
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Constantin Virgil Gîngu, Mihaela Mihai, Cătălin Baston, Mugurel Alexandru Crăsneanu, Alexandru Vladimir Dick, Vlad Olaru, Ioanel Sinescu
INTRODUCTION: Retroperitoneal seminoma is a very rare form of cancer, with embryological origin represented by primordial germ cells from the urogenital ridges left behind during the fetal development. Extragenital germ cell tumors can also occur in the mediastinum or the pineal gland. The aim of this paper is to outline the particularities and draw embryological, histopatological and treatment conclusions regarding extragonadal germ cell tumors. PATIENT AND METHODS: A 43-year-old patient without any additional pathology was admitted for anemia of unknown etiology...
2016: Romanian Journal of Morphology and Embryology, Revue Roumaine de Morphologie et Embryologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28001090/recent-technological-advances-in-pediatric-brain-tumor-surgery
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REVIEW
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...
January 2017: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889662/pediatric-pineal-germinomas-epigenetic-and-genomic-approach
#16
Monserrat Pérez-Ramírez, Alejo Justino Hernández-Jiménez, Armando Guerrero-Guerrero, Alicia Georgina Siordia-Reyes, Marta Elena Hernández-Caballero, Antonio García-Méndez, Fernando Chico-Ponce de León, Fabio Abdel Salamanca-Gómez, Normand García-Hernández
OBJECTIVE: We identify and correlate chromosomal alterations, methylation patterns and gene expression in pediatric pineal germinomas. METHODS: CGH microarray, methylation and gene expression were performed through the Agilent platform. The results were analyzed with MatLab software, MapViewer, DAVID, GeneCards and Hippie. RESULTS: Amplifications were found in 1q24.2, 1q31.3, 2p11.2, 3p22.2, 7p13, 7p15.2, 8p22, 12p13.2, 14q24.3 y 22q12; and deletions were found in 1q21...
January 2017: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889025/pineal-region-masses-in-pediatric-patients
#17
REVIEW
Benita Tamrazi, Marvin Nelson, Stefan Blüml
A review of pediatric pineal region tumors is provided with emphasis on advanced imaging techniques. The 3 major categories of pineal region tumors include germ cell tumors, pineal parenchymal tumors, and tumors arising from adjacent structures such as tectal astrocytomas. The clinical presentation, biochemical markers, and imaging of these types of tumors are reviewed.
February 2017: Neuroimaging Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27753657/a-comparative-immunohistochemical-study-of-epithelial-membrane-antigen-and-nherf1-ebp50-in-the-diagnosis-of-ependymomas
#18
Aruna Nambirajan, Mehar C Sharma, Madhu Rajeshwari, Aanchal Kakkar, Vaishali Suri, Chitra Sarkar
Ependymomas are gliomas that recapitulate normal ependymal cells. The epithelial membrane antigen (EMA) shows "dot-like" and "ring-like" staining patterns, highlighting "microlumens" or intracytoplasmic rosettes, a pathognomonic ultrastructural feature. NHERF1/EBP50, an adaptor protein localized at the apical plasma membrane of human epithelia, has been found to localize to these microlumens. We aimed to analyze the staining patterns of EMA and EBP50 in ependymomas and other tumors, and thereby compare their diagnostic utility...
October 7, 2016: Applied Immunohistochemistry & Molecular Morphology: AIMM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752384/atypical-growth-pattern-of-an-intraparenchymal-meningioma
#19
Zhen Zeng, Tijiang Zhang, Yihua Zhou, Xiaoxi Chen
Meningiomas are the most common primary nonneuroglial extra-axial neoplasms, which commonly present as spherical or oval masses with a dural attachment. Meningiomas without dural attachment are rare and, according to their locations, are classified into 5 varieties, including intraventricular, deep Sylvain fissure, pineal region, intraparenchymal, or subcortical meningiomas. To the best of our knowledge, intraparenchymal meningioma with cerebriform pattern has never been reported. In this paper, we report a 34-year-old Chinese male patient who presented with paroxysmal headaches and progressive loss of vision for 10 months and blindness for 2 weeks...
2016: Case Reports in Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742368/neuroendocrine-carcinoma-of-the-pineal-parenchyma-the-first-reported-case
#20
Melanie Hakar, James P Chandler, Eileen H Bigio, Qinwen Mao
We report a case of a 35-year-old female patient who presented with worsening headaches, vertigo, and vision changes. MRI of the brain showed an enhancing lesion in the pineal region. The patient was taken for resection of the lesion which was classified as neuroendocrine carcinoma of the pineal parenchyma, intermediate grade. Histologically, the neoplasm was cellular, mitotically active, and composed of tightly packed cells with high nuclear cytoplasmic ratio, scant cytoplasm, and ill-defined cell borders...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
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