Current trends in the management of brainstem tumors in childhood.

T. Shiminski-Maher, R. Abbott, J. H. Wisoff, F. J. Epstein

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Historically, the prognosis for a child diagnosed with a brainstem tumor has been bleak. The development of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has allowed for detailed visualization of tumors within the brainstem. This knowledge combined with the clinical history and neurological examination allows subcategorization of such tumors and delineation of children who might benefit from surgery. Surgical candidates include children with long clinical histories, focal neurological deficits and focal, cystic, exophytic or cervico-medullary tumors on the MRI scan. All children have the potential for multiple cranial nerve abnormalities, extremity weakness and swallowing and breathing difficulties. Nursing care of patients with brainstem tumors is complex and challenging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)356-362
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of neuroscience nursing : journal of the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Endocrine and Autonomic Systems
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Medical–Surgical


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