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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 440-443

Primary spinal tumors in childhood: A single institution 15 year experience

1 Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neurology, Chang Gung Children's Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan
2 Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan
3 Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Hematology and Oncology, Chang Gung Children's Hospital, Taoyuan, Taiwan
4 Department of Pediatrics, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University, Taoyuan, Taiwan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Tang-Her Jaing
Division of Hematology and Oncology, Chang Gung Children's Hospital, Chang Gung University, 5 Fu-Shin Street, Kwei-Shan 33305, Taoyuan
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Source of Support: Supported in part by the research grand CMRPG4A0031 from Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.144148

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Background: Pediatric primary spinal tumors (PST) are fairly uncommon, with little available data regarding incidence and outcomes. Materials and Methods: We conducted a retrospective review of the 22 consecutive patients less than 18 years old diagnosed with PST between March 1997 and May 2011 and treated at Chang Gung Children Hospital. All patients had undergone magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for pre-operative evaluation and operations for PST. The extent of tumor removal was assessed by surgical report by the neurosurgeon or by post-operative MRI if available. Results: Ten of them had intramedullary tumors and 12 had intradural extramedullary tumors. All patients were treated with surgery to the primary site. A total of 15 patients underwent gross total tumor resection and seven patients received post-operative radiotherapy. Five patients received adjuvant chemotherapy for their primary tumor. Fourteen patients (64%) survived from study entry without tumor progression. Conclusions: PST encompassed a diverse group of pathologic entities that differ markedly based on the location and age of the children. Total resection of pediatric PST in children could be performed with acceptable risk and satisfactory long-term results.

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