Clinical Neuroscience

[Childhood spinal tumours]

PÁSZTOR Emil1, PARAICZ Ervin1, SZÉNÁSY József1

APRIL 01, 1961

Clinical Neuroscience - 1961;14(04)

[Detection of spinal tumours in children and differential diagnosis are often difficult problems. We have described the specific difficulties and confounding factors in childhood, which are mainly based on anamnestic data and neurological examination and neurological assessment. However, the CSF passage and laboratory examination, as well as the X-ray, can in most cases be used as a basis for at least suspecting a tumour and referring the child to a specialist hospital. If surgery is not performed, but the suspicion of a tumour persists, regular check-ups, preferably by the same doctors, are essential. Even with contrast procedures, exploratory laminectomy may be necessary in some cases. Evidence of spinal cord compression, even in the case of a suspected malignant tumour, requires surgical intervention, and infancy is not a reason for delaying the procedure. It is known that the success of surgery depends primarily on the nature of the tumour and the preoperative status, but experience shows that good results can be achieved with surgery not only in cases of juxtamedullary benign gliomas but also in intra-medullary gliomas. Temporary improvement can also be expected from decompression in malignant extramedullary tumours, where the duration of improvement may be prolonged by appropriate X-ray irradiation. ]

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