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Child-s Nervous System

, Volume 26, Issue 11, pp 1583–1592

First Online: 05 March 2010Received: 10 December 2009Accepted: 20 January 2010


ObjectivesThe primary aim of this study is to perform an internal quality control of pediatric brain tumor surgery in the neurosurgical department of the VU University Medical Center Amsterdam The Netherlands. Secondly, this study aims to contribute to the accumulating data concerning outcome in pediatric neurosurgery, in order to establish institutional practice benchmarks.

MethodsWe report the surgical mortality and morbidity of 121 patients 0–18 years surgically treated for a brain tumor from January 1999 to August 2007. Patients, in whom only a brain tumor biopsy was performed, were excluded.

ResultsMean age at first surgery was 8.2 years. Of the 121 patients, 14 had a second surgery, and two underwent a third surgery for a total of 137 operations. Of all 121 primary surgeries, 66% were total resections, 26% subtotal resections, and 8% partial resections. The overall surgical morbidity rate in this study was 69% after first surgery, 50% after second surgery, and one out of two after third surgery.

ConclusionThese overall morbidity rates are comparable to other published mixed case series. The surgical mortality rate was 0.8%; this is comparable to the lowest rates reported for high-volume neurosurgical centers. We encourage other neurosurgical centers to collect, analyze, and publish their data. These data can then serve as a basis for comparison with other pediatric neurosurgical centers and will eventually lead to an improvement of pediatric neurosurgical practice and patient care.

KeywordsBrain neoplasms Craniotomy Mortality Complication Postoperative Benchmarking Quality assurance Health Care Clinical audit  Download fulltext PDF

Autor: F. W. Neervoort - W. J. R. Van Ouwerkerk - H. Folkersma - G. J. L. Kaspers - W. P. Vandertop


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