Psychologic and neurologic function following treatment for childhood temporal lobe astrocytoma

R. K. Mulhern, E. H. Kovnar, L. E. Kun, J. J. Crisco, J. M. Williams

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Abstract

Seven school-aged children treated for temporal lobe astrocytomas with surgical resection and irradiation were prospectively tested to evaluate their intellectual, academic, personality, and neurologic status after therapy. At their most recent follow-up examination, neuropsychologic functioning was adequate in only two patients. The other five children manifested either intellectual deterioration, learning disability, mental retardation, or psychopathology. These deficits were associated with poor postoperative performance status, inadequate seizure control, tumor recurrence, and younger age at diagnosis. No pattern of intellectual, academic, or personality dysfunction emerged in association with left- versus right-hemisphere tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-52
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of child neurology
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1988

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  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology

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