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J Neurosurg. 1989 Nov;71(5 Pt 1):661-4.

Astrocytomas of the cerebellum in children.

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  • 1Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri.


Between 1928 and 1980, 84 children (aged 19 years or younger) with an astrocytoma of the cerebellum were managed at Washington University Medical Center-Barnes Hospital. Fifty-eight children were treated with surgery only and 26 received surgery and postoperative irradiation. The 5-, 10-, and 25-year actuarial disease-free survival rates for the entire group were 92%, 88%, and 88%, respectively. Age at diagnosis and extent of surgery were prognostic factors, but no correlation with survival times was found for gross appearance of the tumor or postoperative irradiation. Posttreatment neurological function was excellent in the 58 patients alive at the end of the study; 92% were completely normal or had only a mild neurological deficit and 75% were employed or attending school.

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