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April 1947

MEDULLOBLASTOMA OF THE CEREBELLUM, WITH SURVIVAL FOR SEVENTEEN YEARS

Author Affiliations

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA

From the Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery, McGill University, and the Montreal Neurological Institute.

Arch NeurPsych. 1947;57(4):481-484. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300270099007
Abstract

Since the original description of "medulloblastoma cerebelli" by Bailey and Cushing1 in 1925, this tumor has been generally accepted as a neoplastic entity. It seems to be invariably fatal, in spite of the fact that it is temporarily sensitive to roentgen therapy.

Ingraham and O. T. Bailey2 have recorded a case of tumor of the cerebellum treated by roentgen irradiation and identified as a medulloblastoma nineteen years after the first symptoms. More recently, Spitz, Shenkin and Grant3 have pointed out the tendency to longer survival from this tumor in adults. It may therefore be of interest to make brief record of a case in which an adult survived seventeen years after operative removal of a medulloblastoma, the histologic study of which suggested unusually rapid growth.

REPORT OF A CASE  A married woman aged 22 was admitted to the surgical service of the Royal Victoria Hospital on Dec.

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