Journal of Neuro-Oncology

, Volume 28, Issue 2–3, pp 193–205 | Cite as

Surgical indication and technical considerations in the management of benign brain stem gliomas

  • Shlomi Constantini
  • Fred Epstein


The treatment of brain stem gliomas has evolved over the last few decades, reflecting advances in imaging (MR), microsurgical techniques and biological understanding. The aim of this chapter is to provide a preoperative classification for intrinsic brain stem lesions that will predict histopathology and biological behavior from the clinical syndrome and the MR appearance. Such a classification system may help selecting children with brain stem tumors that can benefit from surgery. Technical considerations, potential surgical complications, and the ways to avoid them are discussed.

Key words

brain tumors children brain stem neurosurgery irradiation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shlomi Constantini
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fred Epstein
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric NeurosurgeryNew York University Medical CenterUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgeryIchilov and Dana Medical CenterTel-AvivIsrael

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