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Asian J Neurosurg. 2019 Jan-Mar;14(1):90-95. doi: 10.4103/ajns.AJNS_81_17.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging-guided Stereotactic Biopsy: A Review of 83 Cases with Outcomes.

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Department of Neurosurgery, Kent Hospital, Izmir, Turkey.



The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between the radiological and histopathological distribution of the cerebral lesions diagnosed with stereotactic biopsy (STB) procedure and its outcomes.

Materials and Methods:

In the current study, a retrospective analysis of 83 patients that underwent the STB in our clinic from January 2011 to December 2015 was made. T1-weighted contrast-enhanced cranial magnetic resonance imaging examinations were performed on patients on whom Leksell stereotactic frame system was installed. The histopathological and the radiological data derived from the STB procedure were classified.


In terms of localization, glial tumor (56.6%) was the most common lesion in all regions, except for the multifocal lesions. Contrary to the common knowledge, lymphoma (14.4%) was found to be the most common lesion among multifocal lesions. The success of obtaining positive STB samples in the current series was 95.2% and the complication rate was 3.6%.


Had a routine computed tomography scan been performed on each patient in this series, the number of clinically insignificant small intracerebral hematomas would have probably been higher. Nevertheless, the rate of the STB sampling accuracy and the complication rate were similar to those reported in the relevant literature.


Brain lesion; complication; histopathology; radiology; stereotactic biopsy

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