Radiotherapy for recurrent epidermoid cyst

J Neurooncol. 2013 Apr;112(2):307-13. doi: 10.1007/s11060-013-1065-y. Epub 2013 Feb 12.


Intracranial epidermoid cysts are rare benign congenital lesions for which the mainstay of treatment has been surgical resection. Due to a propensity to grow along the skull base, subtotal resection is often elected to avoid excessive surgical morbidity, but it comes with an increased risk of recurrence with its associated treatment difficulties. We here present the cases of three patients with recurrent epidermoid cyst who underwent multiple surgical resections followed by external beam radiation therapy with excellent results to date.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain Diseases / pathology
  • Brain Diseases / radiotherapy*
  • Brain Diseases / surgery
  • Epidermal Cyst / pathology
  • Epidermal Cyst / radiotherapy*
  • Epidermal Cyst / surgery
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neoplasm Staging
  • Neurosurgical Procedures / adverse effects*
  • Postoperative Complications / radiotherapy*
  • Prognosis
  • Secondary Prevention*