Gamma Knife Radiosurgery and Intracystic Colloidal Isotope Treatment of Craniopharyngiomas



Stereotactic treatment of craniopharyngiomas was developed in the 1960s in our department as a minimally invasive alternative to conventional large craniotomy with attempts to radically extirpate the tumor (Backlund et al. 1972; Backlund 1973a, 1973b; Bosch and Beekhuis 1979; Julow et al. 1985). Before the complete development of microsurgery as it is known today major surgical interventions were often accompanied by postoperative complications and dramatic intensive care, with a high risk of mortality and morbidity. Consequently, it was a great step forward to be able to control these tumors by stereotactic procedures, which can be carried out under local anesthesia and the patient released from the hospital the following day. With stereotactic treatment the tumor is not extirpated, but in the long term, the tumor remnant has been quiescent in many cases and offered the patient a possibility to maintain a good quality of life.


Disability Pension Gamma Knife Gamma Knife Radiosurgery Gamma Knife Surgery Growth Hormone Deficient Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosugeryKarolinska HospitalStockholmSweden

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