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Radiosurgery and carcinogenesis risk.

Posted on: 10/03/2008

Prog Neurol Surg. 2008;21:207-13. Related Articles

Radiosurgery and carcinogenesis risk.

Muracciole X, Regis J.

Service de Neurochirurgie Fonctionnelle et Stereotaxique, Hopital d'Adulte de la Timone, Marseille, France.

The definition of radiation-induced tumors is based on indirect criteria. They were defined initially by Cahan: the tumors must occur at the irradiated site after a time of latency longer than 5 years and be of a different pathological type from the initially irradiated tumor. The central nervous system belongs to sensitive tissue and it seems that a threshold dose does not exist. Thus, the relative risk varies from 1.57 to 8.75 for a dose of 1 Gy. It increases with the time of observation with a maximum of 18.4 between 20 and 25 years. Thus the cerebral radiation-induced tumors would be dependent on low dose for large volumes of healthy cerebral tissue (tineas, acute leukemia), and high dose for small volumes as irradiated benign lesions (pituitary tumors, meningiomas). Several factors influence the incidence of these radiation-induced tumors, of which the age at exposure and individual susceptibility are related to heredity. To date, 3 cases of radio-associated glioblastoma and 5 cases of transformed vestibular schwannoma related to radiosurgery were reported in the literature. They do not present all the traditional criteria. Thus, we reported through our experience 2 cases illustrating these problems to confront them with the published data. The long-term risk of radiationinduced tumor requires a time of observation between 5 and 30 years. This risk is estimated at less than 1 per 1,000. It must be communicated to each patient and counterbalanced with the operational risk of a benign tumor (1 per 100 of perioperative mortality) or the hemorrhagic risk of an untreated arteriovenous malformation (1 per 100 per year).

PMID: 18810221 [PubMed - in process]


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