Cerebral Peduncle Tumor Ablated By Novel 3-MM Laser Tip
Background/Objective: Decisions to use open surgery or radiotherapy in pediatric patients with familial neoplastic syndromes must consider not only the symptomatic benefits of treatment, but also future limitations these treatments may impose. Specifically, open surgical resection of noncurable tumors may preclude or encumber future lesion resections, while radiotherapy has detrimental effects on pediatric cognitive development and increases the risk of future malignancy development. We provide the first report of using a novel 3.0-mm diffusing laser tip with laser-induced thermal therapy (LiTT) to treat a pediatric patient with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF-1). Methods: A 12-year-old boy with NF-1 presented with a progressively enlarging lesion in the right midbrain. A stereotactic biopsy was performed, followed by LiTT with a novel 3.0-mm laser applicator. Results: MRI 1 week after LiTT showed stable gross total ablation of the lesion with reduction in fluid-attenuated inversion recovery signal. The patient remained neurologically intact 6 months after his procedure, and follow-up MRI showed no evidence of recurrence. Conclusion: LiTT is a powerful adjunct to conventional open surgical and radiotherapy modalities in the treatment of patients with familial neoplastic syndromes or incurable lesions. The novel laser applicator tip described expands the treatment scope of this technique.
Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
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Xu, David S.; Rosenfeld, Amy; Ponce, Francisco A.; Nakaji, Peter; and Bhardwaj, Ratan D., "Cerebral Peduncle Tumor Ablated By Novel 3-MM Laser Tip" (2015). Neurosurgery. 75.