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Year : 1992  |  Volume : 38  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 175-80

Craniopharyngioma: treatment by conservative surgery and radiation therapy.

Dept of Neurosurgery, KEM Hospital, Parel, Bombay, Maharashtra.

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R D Nagpal
Dept of Neurosurgery, KEM Hospital, Parel, Bombay, Maharashtra.

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Benign neoplasms are curable only when excised. This applies even to craniopharyngiomas. The proximity of craniopharyngiomas to the hypothalamus and neurovascular structures makes total excision difficult to achieve. Over the last 3-4 decades, it has become increasingly obvious that craniopharyngiomas respond to radiation therapy. Early, unhappy results with major excisions have prompted us to adopt a policy of conservative surgery and radiation therapy to the residual tumour. Preliminary results suggest a good outcome in 35 of the 63 patients so treated from 1981. Details of the study are presented.


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