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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 2003;34(5): 480-483.
Huge Choroid Plexus Carcinoma in an Infant.
Hae Yoo Kim, Yong Soon Hwang, Hyung Shik Shin, Sang Keun Park
Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Inje University, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Seoul, Korea. hyongs@sanggyepaik.ac.kr
Choroid plexus carcinoma is a rare malignant brain tumor that occurs predominantly in childhood. A 203-day-old infant was admitted to our hospital with macrocephaly and right hemiparesis. The skull protruded diffusely in the left parietal area. Brain magnetic resonance imaging) revealed a huge mass in the left ventricle. We performed an open biopsy and discovered a choroid plexus carcinoma. The tumor bled very easily and hemostasis was difficult. After three cycles of chemotherapy, we resected the entire mass in a staged operation. Chemotherapy enabled us to resect the entire tumor by reducing its size. We report this case to stress the benefits of preoperative chemo-therapy and review the relevant literature.
Key Words: Choroid plexus carcinoma; Perioperative chemotherapy; Brain tumor
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