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Monday, 03 June 2019 12:10

Impact of Tumor Histology on Resectability and Neurological Outcome in Primary Intramedullary Spinal Cord Tumors: A Single-Center Experience With 102 Patients

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Intramedullary spinal cord tumours have an estimated incidence of 1.1 cases in 100,000. Previously, the plane of dissection when surgically excising these lesions has been the key indicator for gauging extent of resection. Other articles have called into question the influence of histopathological characteristics on the definition of tumour boundary. The authors of this article report the results of a retrospective analysis determining the influence of tumour histology on resectability and neurological outcomes in cases of intramedullary spinal cord tumours. The 2016 WHO CNS classification emphasised the importance of genetic findings. This should be borne in mind when approaching results presented in articles in which this is not accounted for.

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Dom Mahoney, MS

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