|Year : 1999 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 224--8
Management of intramedullary spinal cord tumours : review of 68 patients.
MJ Chandy, S Babu
Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, 632004, India., India
68 consecutive patients admitted with intramedullary spinal cord tumours and operated at Vellore during a six year period from January 1990 are discussed. 41 tumours were radically resected, 11 partially excised while 14 had only a biopsy. Radiation therapy was advised post operatively to those patients for whom a partial excision or biopsy was done. There was no postoperative mortality. Two patients developed wound infection and one developed postoperative hydrocephalus. Postoperative clinical assessment between four to eight weeks after surgery showed that 25 out of 68 patients improved, 29 remained unchanged, while 14 had worsening of deficits. Immediate post operative assessment, however, was less encouraging. Evaluation of these patients was done using a functional scoring system and Karnofsky rating. The follow up period ranged from 2 weeks to 64 months after discharge from hospital with a mean of 14.6 months. The indicators of radical excision were good tumour-cord interface, cranially located tumours, presence of syringomyelia and histology of ependymoma. Two patients had recurrence of tumour.
M J Chandy
Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore, 632004, India.
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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