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Surgical outcomes of pediatric spinal cord astrocytomas: systematic review and meta-analysis

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, October 2018
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Title
Surgical outcomes of pediatric spinal cord astrocytomas: systematic review and meta-analysis
Published in
Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, October 2018
DOI 10.3171/2018.4.peds17587
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Authors

Tej D. Azad, Arjun V. Pendharkar, James Pan, Yuhao Huang, Amy Li, Rogelio Esparza, Swapnil Mehta, Ian D. Connolly, Anand Veeravagu, Cynthia J. Campen, Samuel H. Cheshier, Michael S. B. Edwards, Paul G. Fisher, Gerald A. Grant

Abstract

OBJECTIVE Pediatric spinal astrocytomas are rare spinal lesions that pose unique management challenges. Therapeutic options include gross-total resection (GTR), subtotal resection (STR), and adjuvant chemotherapy or radiation therapy. With no randomized controlled trials, the optimal management approach for children with spinal astrocytomas remains unclear. The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis on pediatric spinal astrocytomas. METHODS The authors performed a systematic review of the PubMed/MEDLINE electronic database to investigate the impact of histological grade and extent of resection on overall survival among patients with spinal cord astrocytomas. They retained publications in which the majority of reported cases included astrocytoma histology. RESULTS Twenty-nine previously published studies met the eligibility criteria, totaling 578 patients with spinal cord astrocytomas. The spinal level of intramedullary spinal cord tumors was predominantly cervical (53.8%), followed by thoracic (40.8%). Overall, resection was more common than biopsy, and GTR was slightly more commonly achieved than STR (39.7% vs 37.0%). The reported rates of GTR and STR rose markedly from 1984 to 2015. Patients with high-grade astrocytomas had markedly worse 5-year overall survival than patients with low-grade tumors. Patients receiving GTR may have better 5-year overall survival than those receiving STR. CONCLUSIONS The authors describe trends in the management of pediatric spinal cord astrocytomas and suggest a benefit of GTR over STR for 5-year overall survival.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 16 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Other 4 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 3 19%
Researcher 3 19%
Student > Doctoral Student 2 13%
Student > Postgraduate 1 6%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 3 19%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 7 44%
Neuroscience 2 13%
Social Sciences 1 6%
Nursing and Health Professions 1 6%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 1 6%
Other 0 0%
Unknown 4 25%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 01 August 2018.
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#3,589,127
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Outputs from Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
#362
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#86,244
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics
#26
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