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December 1950

EPENDYMOMA OF LATERAL VENTRICLE: Report of a Case of More Than Twelve Years' Survival

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1950;80(6):963-969. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1950.04040020978009

The cloud of pessimism about intracranial neoplasms in children has been lifting slowly during the past two decades. In 1927, Cushing1 sounded an optimistic note when he reported on 6 patients with ependymoma in a series of 116 intracranial neoplasms in children below 15 years of age. These 6 patients had an average survival period of over twenty-five months. Ten years later, Eisenhardt2 included in her report of long postoperative survivals after intracranial tumors a child 10 years of age from whom an ependymoma of the fourth ventricle was removed. The child was living and well thirteen years after the operation. Although gliomas in children in either cerebral hemisphere are often malignant, the ependymomas offer the best prognosis. These tumors, though infrequent, have some clinical features in common and may even be completely enucleated with a permanent cure.

Of the 8 patients with ependymomas reported on by Fincher

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