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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 46-55

Pediatric suprasellar lesions

Department of Neurosurgery, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai, India

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C E Deopujari
Department of Neurosurgery, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, 12 New Marine Lines, Mumbai - 400 020
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.85710

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Pediatric brain tumors have always been challenging as well as intriguing in their anatomical, surgical, and postsurgical management-related issues. They are a heterogeneous set of pathologies involving different age groups in childhood and also differ widely from their adult counterparts as far as adjuvant therapies are concerned. Though neurosurgeons across the world are radical in surgery for most of the pediatric tumors, it can often be at the cost of future quality of life in suprasellar tumors. As the time has gone by, the pendulum has swung toward rather conservative and maximal safe surgical resections with adjuvant therapies coming to the forefront. Hence, the aim is to achieve a good quality of life for these children along with a control of tumor growth (rather than cure) and to again tackle the tumors, if required, once these children reach adolescence or adulthood. We have reviewed the literature for different pediatric suprasellar tumors and discussed their current management giving our perspective with illustrative cases.


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