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July 1963

Cerebellar Astrocytomas in Children

Author Affiliations

Alexander Gol, MD, Hermann Professional Bldg, Houston, Tex.

Am J Dis Child. 1963;106(1):21-24. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1963.02080050023006

Of intracranial tumors occurring in childhood, the histologically well-differentiated astrocytomas of the cerebellum form a comparatively large group distinguished by a remarkably good prognosis. The benign course of the majority of cerebellar astrocytomas as well as their dominant incidence in childhood prompted Cushing 6 to ascribe to them a congenital origin, a view that found considerable support.

To outline the typical presentation and course of the disease 75 cases of cerebellar astrocytoma were collected from hospital and private records at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London; the Hospital for Sick Children in Great Ormond Street, London; the Atkinson-Morley Hospital, London; and the hospitals of the Texas Medical Center in Houston with the courtesy and help of Dr. Wylie McKissock, OBE, FRCS and George Ehni, MD.

Taking as a limit of childhood the commonly accepted age of 15 years, Craig et al5 found that cerebellar astrocytomas formed

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