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Journal of Korean Neurosurgical Society 1981;10(2): 607-612.
A Case of Pineal Tumor Treated by Irradiation Following Ventriculo-atrial Shunt.
In Ho Chung, Hee Jung Yoon, See Heon Song, Youn Kim
Department of Neurosurgery, College of Medicine, Chungnam National University, Taejon, Korea.
The diagnosis and treatment of pineal tumor has captivated the interest of neurosurgeons for decades. Reports indicated that the majority of these tumors were malignant and thereby couild not be surgically removed and decompressed without high mortality and morbidity. And the pineal tumor especially germinoma is one of the mosdt radiosensitive intracranial tumors. Therefore a regime of radiotherapy combined with ventricular shunting, to relieve hydrocephalus, was advocated. In addition, with development of C-T we make the diagnosis easily and assess the result of treatment. We report a pineal tumor which was treated completely by irradiation following ventriculo-atrial shunt.
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