PEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY, vol.38, no.5, pp.223-231, 2003 (SCI-Expanded)
Tumors involving the tectal region constitute a distinct subgroup of brain stem gliomas with an indolent clinical course. Here, we present the clinical and neuroradiologic features of 9 children with tectal tumors. All patients presented with signs and symptoms of hydrocephalus and were managed with ventriculoperitoneal shunt insertion. MRI studies revealed focal hyperintense lesions on T2-weighted images without any contrast enhancement, and no evidence of progression was demonstrated in any patient. We also reviewed the published series of tectal gliomas in the literature to compare with our results. Based on these and other published series, it was concluded that intrinsic tectal gliomas of childhood with sizes less than 2 cm in diameter and without any tumor extension or contrast enhancement constitute a specific subgroup of tectal masses which rarely display invasive clinical behavior and should be managed conservatively. CSF diversion procedures and long-term yearly follow-up examinations with MRI scans are sufficient in these patients. Copyright (C) 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel.