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July 1953

Brain Tumors of Childhood.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;86(1):117-118. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050080124016

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This little monograph presents in a clear and concise manner the authors' experiences with intracranial tumors in 83 children. Their observations have been similar to those of others. They found the astrocytomas, particularly those of the cerebellum, to be the most frequent and the most favorable of all the tumors which develop in the brains of children. The patients with medulloblastomas did poorly, and in several instances they, too, found that the tumor had spread to other parts of the central nervous system through the cerebrospinal fluid. They report two unusual cases in this group. In one patient the tumor was not found when the cerebellum was exposed at operation, but she recovered without x-ray therapy and remained practically free from symptoms for six years. Signs of involvement of the thoracic spinal cord then developed, and a laminectomy disclosed a medulloblastoma at that level. In still another case of spinal

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