Posterior Fossa Tumors in Children

  • M. Memet Özek
  • Giuseppe Cinalli
  • Wirginia Maixner
  • Christian Sainte-Rose

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. General Principles of Treatment in Pediatric Posterior Fossa Tumors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. James Tait Goodrich
      Pages 3-60
    3. Aşkın Şeker, Albert L. Rhoton Jr.
      Pages 75-99
    4. Akin Akakin, Albert L. Rhoton Jr.
      Pages 101-118
    5. Yuzo Terakawa, Jong Hee Chang, Christian Smith, James T. Rutka
      Pages 129-146
    6. Thomas E. Merchant
      Pages 147-173
  3. Surgical Approaches to Pediatric Posterior Fossa Tumors

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Benoit Jenny, Wirginia June Maixner
      Pages 177-188
    3. Giuseppe Mirone, Pietro Spennato, Giuseppe Cinalli
      Pages 189-208
    4. Bernard George, Damien Bresson
      Pages 209-218
    5. Dominic N. P. Thompson
      Pages 219-228
    6. Mustafa Güdük, M. Memet Özek
      Pages 229-237
    7. Francesco Sala, Pasquale Gallo, Vincenzo Tramontano, Massimo Gerosa
      Pages 239-262
  4. Pathologies in Pediatric Posterior Fossa Tumors: Medulloblastoma

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 263-263
    2. Pasquale De Antonellis, Livia Garzia, Antonio Verrico, Michael D. Taylor, Massimo Zollo
      Pages 265-286
    3. Anna Nastro, Maria Consiglio Buonocore, Domenico Cicala, Emilio Cianciulli, Daniele Cascone, Maria Rita Panico
      Pages 287-312
    4. Pietro Spennato, Claudio Ruggiero, Giuseppe Cinalli
      Pages 313-331

About this book


This book, written by experts from across the world, provides a comprehensive, up-to-date overview covering all aspects of pediatric posterior fossa tumors, including medulloblastoma, ependymoma, cerebellar astrocytoma, atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumor, chordoma, brain stem tumors, and rarer entities. For each tumor type, individual chapters are devoted to genetics, radiological evaluation using advanced imaging techniques, surgery, pathology, oncology, and radiation treatment. In addition, a separate section describes the various surgical approaches that may be adopted and offers guidance on the treatment of hydrocephalus and the role of intraoperative mapping and monitoring. Useful information is also provided on anatomy, clinical presentation, neurological evaluation, and molecular biology. The book closes by discussing in detail immediate postoperative care, the management of surgical complications, and longer-term rehabilitation and support.


Posterior fossa tumors are the most common pediatric brain tumors but are often difficult to treat owing to their proximity to critical brain structures and their tendency to cause marked intracranial hypertension. Practitioners of all levels of experience will find Posterior Fossa Tumors in Children to be a richly illustrated, state of the art guide to the management of these tumors that will serve as an ideal reference in clinical practice.



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Editors and affiliations

  • M. Memet Özek
    • 1
  • Giuseppe Cinalli
    • 2
  • Wirginia Maixner
    • 3
  • Christian Sainte-Rose
    • 4
  1. 1.NeurosurgeryAcıbadem UniversityIstanbulTurkey
  2. 2.Pediatric NeurosurgerySantobono Children's HospitalNaplesItaly
  3. 3.Dept. NeurosurgeryRoyal Childrens HospitalMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Pediatric NeurosurgeryHopital Necker-Enfants MaladesParisFrance

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-11273-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-11274-9
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