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CASE REPORT
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 36-38

Primary glioblastoma multiforme of medulla oblongata: Case report and review of literature


Department of Neurosurgery, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

Correspondence Address:
Taek-Hyun Kwon
Department of Neurosurgery, Korea University Guro Hospital, Korea University College of Medicine, 80, Guro-dong, Guro-gu, Seoul, 152-703
Korea
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DOI: 10.4103/1793-5482.95697

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Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most common glial tumor of the adult brain. However, the primary GBM of medulla oblongata is a rarity. To the best of our knowledge, only four cases of GBM of medulla oblongata have been reported so far in the literature, and this is the second report of conventional GBM of the medulla oblongata in adults. We describe a case of 51-year-old female, who presented with a heterogeneous mass with exophytic feature located in the caudal brain stem that was approached and a near total tumor removal was achieved by median suboccipital route. A literature review with emphasis on anatomical location, radiological and histopathological findings, extent of tumor resectibility, and outcome is included.


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