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Lessons Learned in Using Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) for Treatment of Brain Tumors: A Case Series of 238 Patients From A Single Institution

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Lessons Learned in Using Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) for Treatment of Brain Tumors: A Case Series of 238 Patients From A Single Institution         LITT is a a minimally invasive procedure using laser energy delivered through a catheter, under MRI guidance to destroy tumor or radiation necrosis.  It can sometimes be used when an open surgery is too dangerous and is much easier for the patient than a traditional surgery.  This article shows how important experience is when using this relatively new technique.  The first 100 patients they used it on had a much higher (15.5% vs 4.4%) chance of permanent motor deficits than the subsequent group of 138 patients.  Some of the difference might also be explained by advances in the equipment and software.


Posted on: 04/17/2020

Lessons Learned in Using Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) for Treatment of Brain Tumors: A Case Series of 238 Patients From A Single Institution

 


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