Operative Management of Craniopharyngiomas

  • A. N. Konovalov
Part of the Advances and Technical Standards in Neurosurgery book series (NEUROSURGERY, volume 8)


Notwithstanding the successes of recent years in the treatment of various benign tumors of the brain, craniopharyngiomas included, this problem is one of the most difficult and still far from resolution. Referring to it in his book Neurosurgery of Infancy and Childhood (1969), Matson says “it has always proved a challenging and frustrating problem to the neurosurgeon because of its benign histology, frequent cystic nature, lack of invasive tendency, and its almost uniform susceptibility to correct preoperative diagnosis and localization. At the same time, complete removal has been extremely hazardous because of adherence to many vital surrounding structures.” This is true to this day, notwithstanding Matson’s own great contribution to the solution of the problem: his result of no mortality in 37 operations with the total removal of craniopharyngiomas is an amazing achievement which can hardly be surpassed, despite the use of microsurgical techniques.


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  • A. N. Konovalov
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  1. 1.Burdenko Neurosurgical InstituteMoscowUSSR

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