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Minim Invasive Neurosurg. 2002 Dec;45(4):235-9.

Treatments of hamartoma with neuroendoscopic surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery: a case report.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Kanazawa Medical University, Ishikawa, Japan.


Hypothalamic hamartoma is a non-neoplastic tumor manifesting as gelastic seizure, precocious puberty, and abnormal behavior. Treatment of it is very complicated due to its location. We report a case of hypothalamic hamartoma treated by neuroendoscopic surgery and stereotactic radiosurgery. A 5-year-old girl presented with violent behavior, precocious puberty, gelastic seizure and atonic seizure. She was diagnosed with hypothalamic hamartoma by CT and magnetic resonance imaging at 11 months of age. Tumor size did not change, but tumor intensity had changed on the MR image at 5 years of age. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy revealed decreased N-acetylaspartate and increased choline and creatine in the tumor. After neuroendoscopic biopsy, she underwent linear accelerator stereotactic radiosurgery. But her symptoms remained unchanged for 6 months. She then underwent partial resection and laser coagulation of the tumor by a neuroendoscopic approach. After the procedure, the frequency of her seizures was remarkably decreased, and her violent behavior improved. The transventricular neuroendoscopic approach to the hypothalamus is less invasive than the radical surgery. Neuroendoscopic surgery can be one of the treatments of choice for hypothalamic hamartoma.

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