Functional status of surgically treated pineal cyst patients

J. Choque-Velasquez, J.C. Resendiz-Nieves, S. Baluszek, R. Colasanti, S. Muhammad, J. Hernesniemi

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Background: Microsurgical removal represents a well-accepted treatment option for symptomatic benign pineal cysts (PCs). However, very few studies have quantitatively evaluated the functional status of surgically treated PC patients.

Methods: A detailed analysis of preoperative, immediate postoperative, and long-term clinical and radiological characteristics was performed. The functional status of the patients was categorized using the modified Rankin scale (mRS) and the Chicago Chiari Outcome Scale (CCOS). In addition, a comparative analysis between pediatric and adult patients with PCs was carried out.

Results: Overall, pediatric patients experienced better long-term mRS scores than adults. The differences between the pre-, the immediate post-, and the last postoperative mRS of the patients were statistically significant for the total population (P P

Conclusion: The functional status of properly selected symptomatic patients with PCs may improve significantly after their surgical management through a paramedian SCIT approach in sitting position.
Original languageEnglish
Article number41
JournalSurgical Neurology International
Issue number359
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 3124 Neurology and psychiatry

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