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December 1952


Author Affiliations


From the Section of Neurologic Surgery (Dr. Craig) and the Section of Pathologic Anatomy (Dr. Kernohan) Mayo Clinic.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1952;68(6):797-814. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1952.02320240072008

TUMORS above the tentorium cerebelli occur among children less frequently than do infratentorial tumors,1 the usual ratio of supratentorial to infratentorial tumors being 1: 2.

The cases which we wish to report were taken from the records at the Mayo Clinic. Of 4,318 verified brain tumors, 518 occurred among children from birth through 14 years of age. The cases were reviewed as to type and location of tumor; age, sex, and survival of patients, and symptoms, signs, and roentgenologic findings related to the tumors. The pertinent literature also was reviewed.

A total of 190 supratentorial tumors were found, 97, or 51.1% of which were recorded as gliomas according to the classification used by Svien, Mabon, Kernohan, and Adson.2 Fifty-eight of these were astrocytomas; 24, ependymomas; 11, oligodendrogliomas, and 4, neuroastrocytomas. Other supratentorial tumors included 35 craniopharyngiomas, 14 tumors of the pineal body, 12 sarcomas, 12 meningiomas, 9 tumors

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