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Prognostic factors and role of adjuvant therapies in the management of parasagittal meningiomas
Jimmy Villard, Thomas Robert, Alessia Pica, Rene-Olivier Mirimanoff, Marc Levivier, and Jocelyne Bloch

Background: The goal of the present study was to retrospectively analyze our series of parasagittal meningiomas, treated by either single or combined therapies (surgery and/or SRS and FSRT), in order to determine the factors that influence patient outcome.

Methods: Between January 1999 and May 2007, 37 parasagittal meningiomas were treated in our center. We compared the outcome of the parasagittal meningiomas in relation to the treatment and adjuvant treatment given, their location along the SSS, their volume, their histological and resection grade as well as the patient’s sex and age to understand which factors influenced their natural history.

Findings: Median follow-up was 6.7 years (2.4-12 years). Tumor grades and Simpson resection grade were distributed evenly along the SSS. The actuarial overall tumor control rate was 65.9%. Regression analysis showed, that the tumor histological grade and the Simpson resection grade were two significant factors in determining the tumor control (p

Conclusions: In our series, histological grade and Simpson grade are independent factors for recurrence and tumor control. Interestingly, location in the posterior third of the SSS seems to be another independent factor for recurrence. In order to avoid major morbidities related to surgery we advocate earlier use of adjuvant therapies for higher histological grade tumors and for tumors located at the posterior portion of the SSS, but definitive conclusions might warrant a larger series.

Keywords: Parasagittal meningiomas, neurosurgery, stereotactic radiosurgery, brain radiotherapy, tumor control, prognosic factors

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