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Neuropsychological Outcomes of Children Treated for Posterior Fossa Tumours:A Review

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 February 2012

Robyn Stargatt*
Affiliation:
Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital and University of Melbourne, Australia. stargatr@cryptic.rch.unimelb.edu.au
Vicki Anderson
Affiliation:
Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Royal Children's Hospital and University of Melbourne, Australia.
Jeffrey V. Rosenfeld
Affiliation:
Alfred Hospital, Australia.
*
*Address for correspondence: Robyn Stargatt, Department of Psychology, Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, VIC 3052, Australia.
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Abstract

The posterior fossa region of the brain is a frequent site for tumour development in children, with over half of all childhood tumours occurring at this site. The principal brain structure implicated at this site is the cerebellum. Children treated for posterior fossa tumours can have a wide range of neurological and psychosocial problems. This paper describes the literature to date that addresses the neuropsychological impact of tumour and treatment in children with posterior fossa tumours. This paper reviews the literature on the causes of morbidity in this group. It discusses the recent research on the role of the cerebellum in outcomes and the studies that identify variables that interact with radiation effects.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 2002

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