Use of 5-aminolevulinic acid for visualization and resection of a benign pediatric brain tumor

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  • 1 Department of Neurosurgery, Advocate Lutheran General Children's Hospital, Park Ridge; and
  • 2 Chicago Medical School, Chicago, Illinois
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5-Aminolevulinic acid has been used successfully to facilitate resection of adult malignant gliomas. The authors report their experience in the treatment of a 9-year-old girl who underwent fluorescence-guided resection of a right temporal lobe pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma using 5-aminolevulinic acid. Intraoperatively, the residual tumor fluoresced, allowing for better visualization. No serious side effects or complications occurred.

Abbreviations used in this paper: 5-ALA = 5-aminolevulinic acid; GTR = gross-total resection.

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