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Capillary hemangioma of the cavernous sinus. Report of two cases

Capillary hemangioma of the cavernous sinus. Report of two cases

Journal of Neurosurgery 98(1): 169-174

Capillary hemangiomas are rare benign vascular tumors that tend to occur in children. Whereas the majority of hemangiomas may regress spontaneously, those associated with functional sequelae or severe symptoms may require treatment. Two patients with capillary hemangiomas of the cavernous sinus that caused neurological symptoms were treated with fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy. Both hemangiomas had shown a progressive increase in size during observation before radiation therapy; both tumors regressed after radiotherapy. Up to the time of the last follow-up evaluation both patients experienced symptomatic relief after radiation. One patient's tumor remains in complete remission and the second tumor continues to demonstrate minor residual contrast enhancement without progression. The authors conclude that fractionated stereotactic radiation therapy is a useful treatment modality in the management of symptomatic capillary hemangiomas when these tumors arise in regions of the brain or skull base in which a complete resection cannot be accomplished.

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Accession: 010273779

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PMID: 12546367

DOI: 10.3171/jns.2003.98.1.0169

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