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Neurosurg Clin N Am. 2012 Jul;23(3):497-506. doi: 10.1016/

Use of language mapping to aid in resection of gliomas in eloquent brain regions.

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  • 1UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90096-6901, USA.


Studies looking at resection in high-grade gliomas have had mixed results. The authors briefly review the literature regarding the value of the extent of resection. They proceed to the preoperative and intraoperative tools available to the neurosurgeon to distinguish eloquent from noneloquent language cortex and fibers, including the emerging roles of functional magnetic resonance imaging diffusion tensor imaging tractography and direct cortical/subcortical stimulation in the surgical management of tumors in eloquent areas. Finally, the authors evaluate the postoperative course of these patients and the effect of language deficits on their quality of life.

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