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Middle temporal gyrus approach to mesial temporal lobe tumours in children

Paweł Kowalczyk1, Ernest J. Bobeff2, Wojciech Nowak1, Maciej K Ciołkowski13, Marcin Roszkowski1


Aim of the study. To assess whether the middle temporal gyrus (MTG) approach to mesial temporal lobe (MTL) tumours is an effective procedure for the treatment of epilepsy in children.

Clinical rationale for the study. MTL tumours are a common cause of drug-resistant epilepsy in children. There is as yet no consensus regarding their treatment. One possibility is resection via a MTG approach.

Material and methods. We assessed the medical records of patients treated at the Department of Neurosurgery, Children’s Memorial Health Institute,Warsaw, Poland between 2002 and 2020. A prospectively maintained database including clinical, laboratory, and radiographic presentation, as well as pre- and post-operative course, was analysed. Patients with at least a one- -year follow-up were included.

Results. There were 14 patients aged 4–18 years who underwent a MTG approach for a MTL tumour. All presented with epileptic seizure, and none had neurological deficit on admission to hospital. Median follow-up was 2.5 years. Neuronavigation was used to adjust the approach, localise the temporal horn, and achieve radical resection of the tumour and the hippocampus. Gross total resection was performed in all cases. In most patients, histopathological examination revealed ganglioglioma. One patient had transient aphasia. Two patients developed hemiparesis after surgery, which later improved. One of them also experienced visual disturbances. Acute complications were more frequent in younger patients (p = 0.024). In all cases, MRI confirmed complete resection and there was no tumour recurrence during the follow-up period. 13/14 patients remained seizure-free (Engel class I).

Conclusions and clinical implications. The MTG approach to MTL tumours is an effective procedure for the treatment of epilepsy in children. It avoids removal of the lateral temporal lobe and poses only a minor risk of permanent neurological complications.

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