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IJMDC. 2017; 1(2): 67-71

Histological types of the primary intracranial tumors among children in Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Sara Alomair.


Background: Primary intracranial tumors are the second most common type of pediatric malignancies. Brain tumors account for between 15% and 25% of all childhood malignancies; they have poorer survival rates than hematological malignancies. Intracranial tumors differ throughout childhood stages in their histological types, the location of the tumor and gender distribution. The aim of this study was to investigate the histological types of pediatric brain tumors to gender distribution.
Methodology: This study included 47 children from oncology department. The records of patients were exam¬ined for cases that were diagnosed between 2007 and 2015.
Results: The males were more dominant (55.32%) than females (44.68%) and the mean age at diagnosis was 8.59 years. The most common metastatic place was intracranial, infratentorial represented 23.4% followed by both supratentorial (14.89%) and cerebellum (14.89%). Infratentorial was more common in males (28%) than in females, while supratentorial was more common in females (28.57%).
Conclusion: There were no significant differences between males and females regarding metastasis and primary location of the tumor.

Key words: Primary intracranial tumors, brain tumor, location, pediatric brain tumor

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