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Stereotactic Radiosurgery for Pineal Region Tumors.

Pineal region tumors represent a heterogeneous group of different histologic entities, for which the management can be a significant challenge, due to their critical location and frequent aggressive behavior. Traditional management includes surgical resection, fractionated radiation therapy, and chemotherapy. Stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) is being increasingly used in the treatment of these tumors. It is used as primary therapy for pineocytomas and papillary tumors of the pineal region, as an adjuvant radiation boost in combination with radiation or chemotherapy for pineoblastomas and germ cell tumors, or in the context of tumor recurrence. The reported morbidity is low, consisting in transient oculomotor disturbance in most cases. As a non-invasive alternative to microsurgical resection, SRS should always be considered when discussing these challenging cases.

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