A type of surgery in which a brain tumour is removed through the nose can be as safe and effective in children as it is in adults, say US researchers who reviewed the results of the first 25 children to have the procedure.
The researchers noted that the procedure, called the "expanded endonasal approach," is often the only medical option available to these children, the Associated Press reported.
The surgery was successful in all the children, who ranged in age from 3 to 18. There were no cases of vascular injury, central nervous system infection or neurological damage.
The review of the surgeries, which were done from 1999 to 2005, was conducted by doctors at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh in conjunction with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre, the AP reported.
The findings were published in the February issue of the Journal of Neurosurgery. – (HealthDayNews)
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