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Management of Patients With Low-Grade Gliomas – A Survey Among German Neurosurgical Departments
13 May 2011 (eFirst)
Background and aims of the study: The diagnosis and treatment of low-grade gliomas (LGG) are multimodal. Today, there is no defined standard in diagnosis and treatment. Controversies are, in general, about a “wait-and-see” strategy, diagnostic workup, surgical intervention, postoperative imaging, adjuvant treatment, and follow-up. The aim of this study is to gain an overview about management strategies of high-volume German neurosurgical departments treating these patients.
Material and Methods: A questionnaire including diagnostic, preoperative, perioperative, and postoperative parameters and 5 cases with magnetic resonance imaging data with questions to various treatment options in these patients was sent to all 34 German neurosurgical departments at university hospitals.
Results: In total, 24 questionnaires were returned and analysed. Centres were divided into those who generally practice a “wait-and-see” strategy vs. those who do not or only in highly selected cases. Statistical analyses were performed with Fisher test and Chi2-test. Interestingly, 50% of all centres routinely follow a “wait-and-see” strategy.
Conclusion: Although the management of patients with LGG is complex and a simple questionnaire will not be able to define a standard in diagnosis and treatment, this study offers an overview on strategies at high-volume academic centres dealing with these patients. There is consensus to resect superficially located lobar and circumscribed low-grade lesions. However, the differences between centres become apparent with increasing complexity of the lesions.
low-grade glioma - survey - treatment