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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 50-52

Malignant astrocytoma following radiotherapy for craniopharyngioma


1 Department of Neurosurgery, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India
2 Department of Pathology, Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology, Trivandrum, India

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G Menon
Department of Neurosurgery, SCTIMST, Trivandrum-695 011
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1482.31974

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Radiation induced gliomas are uncommon. Occurrence of glioma following radiotherapy for craniopharyngiomas is extremely uncommon and only eight case reports have been so far published. We present our experience with one similar case of temporal gliomas occurring twelve years following radiotherapy for a sub totally excised craniopharyngioma. Although the exact mechanism of gliomas formation is unclear, their occurrence following conventional radiotherapy is a distinct possibility and signifies a poor prognosis.


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