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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 86-90

Intramedullary tumors in children

Department of Neurosurgery and Pathology, Park Clinic, Kolkata, India

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Sandip Chatterjee
Department of Neurosurgery and Pathology, Park Clinic, Kolkata - 700 017
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.85718

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Intramedullary tumors of the spinal cord account for 35-40% of intraspinal tumors in children. The biological behavior of these tumors is of slow progression, and hence aggressive surgery has been advocated. Surgical adjuncts include use of intraoperative neurophysiological monitoring, preoperative ultrasound, microsurgical techniques and ultrasonic suction devices. Osteoplastic laminoplasty approaches avoid post-laminectomy deformities in younger children. Postoperative radiotherapy and more recently chemotherapy regimes have been proposed for incompletely resected tumors.


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