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The neurological abnormalities and operative findings in the transcallosal approach for large juxtasellar-ventricular craniopharyngiomas.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11922704     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
From February 1994 to June 1999, there were 36 patients who underwent microsurgical resection for craniopharyngiomas. Of6 adult patients, large tumours (>4 cm) with extension from intrasellar or parasellar space to the foramen of Monro were found. There were 4 male and 2 female patients with ages from 18 to 44 years (mean 32.4 years). All of them underwent one-stage interhemispheric transcallosal total exc ision of tumours. This approach affords good overhead view of tumours and surrounding structures.Preoperatively, decreased visual acuity and restriction in the visual field was found in 5 patients. Studies of anterior pituitary function revealed far below the normal range in all patients. Polyuria was noted in 4 patients. All of 6 patients showed abnormally high levels of blood cholesterol and triglyceride and 4 patients were obese. Tumours with extension into the pituitary fossa were found in 2 cases. A relatively caudal location in the third Ventricle was found in case 6, who showed better preoperative visual function and no polyuria. There were no major surgical complications encountered. One patient with high cholesterol (731 mg%) died of acute pancreatitis 6 months after surgery. For large craniopharyngiomas without pre-chiasmatic extension, proper treatment could be achieved under substitution therapy and one stage transcallosal total excision of tumours with preservation of important neural structures.
Han-Jung Chen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of clinical neuroscience : official journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia     Volume:  9     ISSN:  0967-5868     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Neurosci     Publication Date:  2002 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-29     Completed Date:  2002-08-07     Revised Date:  2009-11-03    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9433352     Medline TA:  J Clin Neurosci     Country:  Scotland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  159-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright 2002, Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Neurosurgery, Chang Gung University and Medical Center at Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Corpus Callosum / abnormalities*,  pathology,  surgery*
Craniopharyngioma / diagnosis,  surgery*
Neurosurgical Procedures / methods*,  statistics & numerical data
Pituitary Neoplasms / diagnosis,  surgery*
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