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Delayed diffuse cerebellar swelling after resection of medulloblastoma: case report and review of literature

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  • Ashley L B Raghu
  • Jothy Kandasamy
  • Mark Brougham
  • Pasquale Gallo
  • Drahus Sokol
  • Mark A Hughes

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Original languageEnglish
JournalChild's Nervous System
Early online date29 Jun 2017
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jun 2017

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Delayed diffuse cerebellar swelling is a rare life-threatening complication following medulloblastoma resection.

PRESENTATION: We present our experience of managing a 4-year-old who developed diffuse cerebellar swelling with upward herniation 41 days after resection of a large cell anaplastic medulloblastoma.

CONCLUSION: Emergency chemotherapy alone was sufficient in promoting regression of swelling and recovery from coma. Reports of similar cases are scant. Chemotherapy may be a critical component of treatment.

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