Brain Stem Expansive Lesions: Stereotactic Biopsy for a Better Therapeutic Approach

  • Filippo Giunta
  • G. Marini
  • G. Grasso
  • F. Zorzi
Part of the Acta Neurochirurgica Supplementum 42 book series (NEUROCHIRURGICA, volume 42)


CT diagnosed brain stem malignant lesions were in the past almost always treated with radiation therapy (RT). Eventually this turned out to be a grave mistake. With stereotactic serial biopsies of all brain stem expanding lesions we have been able to verify the histological nature in all cases but two and to prevent a blind therapeutic approach. In 24 patients bearing CT diagnosed expansive lesions into the brain stem 68 samples were taken during 24 stereotactic procedures. In 8 patients surgical removal of the expanding lesion was attempted after stereotactic biopsy.


Brain Stem Stereotactic Biopsy Obstructive Hydrocephalus Brain Stem Tumour Brain Stem Glioma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Filippo Giunta
    • 1
  • G. Marini
    • 1
  • G. Grasso
    • 1
  • F. Zorzi
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of BresciaItaly
  2. 2.Service of PathologySpedali CiviliBresciaItaly

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