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Cerebellar mutism syndrome following midline posterior fossa tumor resection in children: An institutional experience

Research paper by Nand Kishore Gora, Ashok Gupta, Virendra Deo Sinha

Indexed on: 15 Apr '18Published on: 26 Mar '18Published in: Journal of pediatric neurosciences



Abstract

Nand Kishore Gora, Ashok Gupta, Virendra Deo Sinha Journal of Pediatric Neurosciences 2017 12(4):313-319 Aim: Cerebellar mutism (CM) syndrome is a well-known and annoying complication of posterior fossa surgery in the pediatric age group. Risk factors such as the type of tumor, size, involvement of posterior fossa structures and hydrocephalus, and postoperative cerebellar swelling for CM were investigated in this study. Materials and Methods: A consecutive series of 33 children with midline posterior fossa tumors were operated at the SMS Medical College and Hospital, Department of Neurosurgery, Jaipur India, between September 2015 and December 2016. Their speech and neuroradiological studies were systematically analyzed both preoperatively and postoperatively. Results: CM syndrome (CMS) developed in six children (18.18%) in the early postoperative period. The pre- and post-operative irritability, medulloblastoma histology, maximum size more than 45 mm, involvement of superior cerebellar peduncles, and vermian incision were significant single independent risk factors. In addition, male gender also associated with a higher risk for CMS. The latency for the development of mutism ranged from 1 to 12 days (mean 3.5 days). The speech returned to normal in all patients. All cases with CMS accompanied by cerebellar ataxia. Conclusion: The medulloblastoma, irritability, maximum size more than 45 mm, involvement of superior cerebellar peduncles, and vermian incision were significant single independent risk factors for postoperative pediatric CMS. Mutism after posterior fossa tumor resection is also accompanied with ataxia. CM usually has a self-limiting course and a favorable prognosis.