The ophthalmic natural history of paediatric craniopharyngioma: a long-term review

We present our experience over the long-term of monitoring of visual function in children with craniopharyngioma

Evangelos Drimtzias; Kevin Falzon; Susan Picton; Irfan Jeeva; Danielle Guy; Olwyn Nelson; Ian Simmons

2014

Scholarcy highlights

  • We present our experience over the long-term of monitoring of visual function in children with craniopharyngioma
  • Our study involves an analysis of all paediatric patients with craniopharyngioma younger than 16 at the time of diagnosis and represents a series of predominantly sub-totally resected tumours
  • Severe visual loss and papilledema at the time of diagnosis were more common in children under the age of 6
  • Contrary to previous reports calcification at diagnosis, type of surgery and preoperative visual field defects were not found to be associated with tumour recurrence
  • Magnetic resonance imaging remains the recommended means of follow-up in patients with craniopharyngioma

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