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Childhood Ependymoma Treatment (PDQ®)

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Last Modified: 05/19/2014

Treatment of Newly Diagnosed Childhood Subependymoma

The standard treatment options for newly diagnosed subependymoma (WHO Grade I) include the following:

  1. Surgery.
  2. Observation (in rare cases).

In cases requiring therapy, complete surgical removal is often curative. Some subependymomas are considered incidental findings and observed without intervention.

Occasionally, subependymomas cause ventricular obstruction and, in these cases, ventriculoperitoneal shunt placement is indicated. Spontaneous intratumoral hemorrhage has also been observed.[1]

References
  1. Waldron JS, Tihan T: Epidemiology and pathology of intraventricular tumors. Neurosurg Clin N Am 14 (4): 469-82, 2003.  [PUBMED Abstract]