Skull Tumors and Scalp Lesions

  • Timothy Beutler
  • Beth Currado
  • Zulma Tovar-SpinozaEmail author
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Lesions of the scalp and skull in the pediatric population include a wide variety of pathologies including congenital, posttraumatic, vascular, inflammatory, and neoplastic etiologies. While most of the lesions are benign, care should be taken with their work-up to identify those lesions which may be malignant. Surgical indications for these lesions include gross total resection when there is concern for malignancy. Neurosurgical intervention is also indicated for correction of a potential cosmetic deformity as well as biopsy for identification of unknown lesions. When resecting skull lesions, consideration should be given to the possible need for reconstruction of the defect. The most common skull and scalp lesions encountered in a pediatric neurosurgery practice are epidermoid/dermoid cysts and Langerhans cell histiocytosis.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Beutler
    • 2
  • Beth Currado
    • 2
  • Zulma Tovar-Spinoza
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Pediatric NeurosurgerySUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA
  2. 2.Department of NeurosurgerySUNY Upstate Medical UniversitySyracuseUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • James Thomas Rutka
    • 1
  1. 1.The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research CentreThe Hospital for Sick Children, The University of TorontoTorontoUSA

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