XIII Congresso Brasileiro de Neurocirurgia Pediátrica

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Pediatric Skull Base Tumors: literature review and analysis of 17 cases in a single center


The current study aims to review our personal experience and the literature about skull base surgery in children younger than 18 years-old, accessing epidemiology, surgery complications, functional outcomes and mortality.

Materiais e Métodos/Casuística

The paper describes our experience with 17 children operated for skull base tumors describing age, imagining, tumor location, surgery performed, histopathological diagnosis, degree of resection, surgical complications, adjuvant therapies and recurrence/progression. Additionally, a literature review was carried out describing a total of 267 children operated for skull base tumors.


Of a total of 17 children most were male (11/64,7%). Mean age was 10.5 years-old. The neoplasms histology includes 3 schwannomas (17.6%) and 2 meningiomas (11.7%), and others individual occurrences. The main tumor localization was cerebellopontine angle (4/23.5%), sphenoid bone (4/23.5%), petrous temporal bone (3/17.6%). Surgical approach was retrosigmoid in 5 patients (29.4%), subtemporal in another 5 (29.4%), subfrontal in 2 (11.7%), pterional in 2 (11.7%). Total resection was achieved in 6/35.3% and subtotal in 11/64.7% patients. Radiotherapy was performed in one child (5.9%) and chemotherapy in 3 (17.6%). Regarding the long-term surgical complications 13/76,4% evolved with long term neurological impairment. Five (29.4%) patients evolved with facial paresis, 5 (29.4%) with hypoacusia, 4 (23.5%) with ocular motricity deficit, 2 with hydrocephalus (11.7%), dysphonia was present in 2 (11.7%), visual impairment in 2 (11.7%), epilepsy in one (5.9%) and dysphagia in one (5.9%). In four children (23.5%) there was no long-term impairment. Residual lesion was stable in 11/64.7% of children, progressing in 3/17.6%. One patient tumor recidivated after total tumor resection. No lesion was found after surgery in 3/17.6%.
The literature review included 267 patients. Mean age was 10.9 years (R:6.8-13.9) with 58.1% males and 41.9% females. Regarding to histopathology, the review found 10.1% JNA, 7.1% CP Craniopharyngioma (CP), 8.6% Schwannoma, 8.2% Sarcoma, 4.1% rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS), 4.9 % Meningioma (MGM), 3.8% Chordoma, other tumors representing 46.8%.

Discussão e Conclusões

Skull base tumors are relatively rare in pediatric age, predominating in boys, with very heterogeneous histopathology and lead to considerable morbidly and mortality in pediatric age.

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Palavras Chaves

Skull Base, Tumor, Surgery, Children


Neurocirurgia Pediátrica


Department of Surgery and Anatomy, University Hospital of Ribeirão Preto Medical School, University of São Paulo - Sao Paulo - Brasil, Neurosurgery, Department of Medicine, Federal University of São - Sao Paulo - Brasil


Matheus Fernando Manzolli Ballestero, Romilto da Costa Pacheco Neto, Guilherme Gozzoli Podolsky-Gondim, Benedicto Oscar Colli, Ricardo Santos de Oliveira