Results of computed tomography-based computer-assisted stereotactic resection of metastatic intracranial tumors

Neurosurgery. 1988 Jan;22(1 Pt 1):7-17. doi: 10.1227/00006123-198801010-00002.


Forty-four patients underwent 45 computer-assisted stereotactic resections of intracranial metastases from various centrally located and deep-seated regions using methods described in this report and elsewhere. Gross total removal was achieved in all cases. There was no postoperative mortality (within 30 days). Postoperative neurological examinations revealed that: (a) of 26 who presented with preoperative neurological deficits, 13 were normal postoperatively, 7 were improved, 3 were unchanged, and 3 were worse; (b) 5 of 5 patients who had increased intracranial pressure preoperatively were normal postoperatively; and (c) 3 of 3 patients who had increased intracranial pressure and neurological deficit preoperatively were neurologically normal postoperatively. Nine of 10 patients who were neurologically normal preoperatively were normal postoperatively, and the other had transient upper extremity weakness after resection of a lesion in the contralateral motor strip. The 1-year survival in this group of patients was 62.5%. No local recurrence was noted in any patient. Computer-assisted stereotactic resection permits accurate localization of metastatic lesions and gross total resection from difficult locations with acceptable levels of morbidity.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Brain Neoplasms / diagnostic imaging
  • Brain Neoplasms / secondary
  • Brain Neoplasms / surgery*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mortality
  • Postoperative Period
  • Stereotaxic Techniques*
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted*
  • Time Factors
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*