Late age-related outcomes of combined treatment of medulloblastomas of cerebellum in children

  • V.V. Morgun SI «Romodanov Neurosurgery Institute NAMSC of Ukraine»
Keywords: medulloblastoma, age-related groups, children, combined treatment, late outcomes.


Objective – to analyse of late age-related outcomes of combined treatment of medulloblastomas (MB) of cerebellum in children.

Materials and methods. In our research the results of combined treatment of 297 children with MB of cerebellum of different age groups were analysed. Middle age of patients was (7.6 ± 2.1) years. 33 (11.1 %) patients were children of first 3 years old, 97 (32.6 %) – 3-7 years, 114 (38.5 %) – 7-11 years, 53 (17.8 %) – 12-18 years. In 247 (81.3 %) patients the initial place of growth of MB was a worm of cerebellum and in 34 (11.4 %) – hemispheres of cerebellum. The size of tumour was up to 3 cm in 49 (16.5 %) patients, 3-5 cm – in 230 (77.4 %), over 5 cm – in 18 (6 %). Surgical treatment was supplemented by shunt operations in 71 (25.5 %) children. Radiotherapy was conducted to 186 (66.9 %) children, chemotherapy – to 121 (45.4 %). During 30 days after operation died 31 (10.8 %) patients. A catamnesis from 1 month is 10 was analysed in 225 (84.6 %) children.

Results. In children of first 3 years old the T2 and T3a stages of MB according Chang were dominant (65.3 %), in children of 4-18 years old – T3a and T3b stages (70 %). T4 was in 18.1 % children of 0-3 years old and in 7.5 % children of 4-18 years old. A complete resection of MB was executed in 35 % patients, subtotal – in 52.8 %, partial or biopsy – in 12.1 %. Postoperative complications were in 49 (16.5 %) patients. For the children of 0-3 years old anaplastic (27.3 %) and «classic» forms of MB (42.4 %) prevailed, which associated with the worse prognosis. For children of 3-7 years «classic» MB prevailed (65 %); anaplastic MB was only at 17.5 % patients. Only 3-7 % children of 7-11 years had anaplastic MB. The frequency of metastases of MB in children of 0-3 years was 18.0 %, in patients of 4-18 years – 10-15 %. A median of survival in children of first 3 years was 12-18 months, depending on the volume of radio- and chemotherapy, for patients of 4-18 years – 24-36 months.

Conclusions. The analysis of the results of the combined treatment of MB of cerebellum for the children of the different age groups allowed the worst prognosis for the children of 0-3 years old, that is founding for the further study of the age-related outcomes of treatment of MB of cerebellum in children and requires the optimization of surgical tactics and combined therapy for the children of the different age groups.


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Morgun, V. (2017). Late age-related outcomes of combined treatment of medulloblastomas of cerebellum in children. Ukrainian Interventional Neuroradiology and Surgery, 20(2), 49-56. Retrieved from