Intrinsic tumors of the medulla: Surgical complications

Rick Abbott, Tania Shiminski-Maher, Jeffrey H. Wisoff, Fred J. Epstein

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

36 Scopus citations


Intrinsic focal tumor of the medulla oblongata is an uncommon entity. Of the 51 cases presenting for treatment of a brainstem glioma between 1984 and 1990, only 7 were confined to the medulla. Radical excision was performed on each patient. Four of the first 5 patients who were extubated in the recovery room had CO2 retention, with associated respiratory arrest and hypoxia. Three suffered permanent cranial nerve deficits as a result. It is the purpose of this report to describe the serious complications of medullary surgery and to make recommendations as to how they may be avoided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-244
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric neurosurgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1991
Externally publishedYes


  • Brainstem glioma
  • Complications, postoperative
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


Dive into the research topics of 'Intrinsic tumors of the medulla: Surgical complications'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this