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Findings support use of intraoperative ultrasound for pediatric patients with tumors

According to researchers of this study, use of intraoperative ultrasound in pediatric tumor surgery may lead to better tumor resection and can provide the additional benefits of little added OR time, no new risks and low cost.

Researchers performed a retrospective review of the medicals charts of 62 pediatric patients who underwent neurosurgical treatment for tumors at the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York. Investigators included patients who were 21 years old or younger, who underwent either brain or spinal tumor resection, had intraoperative ultrasounds during tumor resection and had postoperative MRI within a week of their procedure. Investigators determined the negative predictive value and sensitivity of the intraoperative ultrasounds.

Investigators found a significant association between results of the intraoperative ultrasounds and postoperative MRI findings. The intraoperative ultrasounds had a negative predictive value of 86.3% and a sensitivity of 61.1%.

With use of intraoperative ultrasounds, the overall gross-total resection and the intended gross-total resection rates were 71% and 80%, respectively.  by Monica Jaramillo

 

Disclosure: The researchers report no relevant financial disclosures.