Radiation schedules in relation to obliteration and complications in hypofractionated conformal stereotactic radiotherapy of arteriovenous malformations
2010 (English)In: Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, ISSN 1011-6125, E-ISSN 1423-0372, Vol. 88, no 1, 24-28 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
AIMS: The purpose of this investigation was to assess the obliteration rate and complications following different radiation schedules of hypofractionated conformal stereotactic radiotherapy for cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). METHODS: Twenty-five patients were treated with 35 Gy in 5 fractions, whereas 31 patients were treated with 30-32.5 Gy (mean: 31.6 +/- 0.23 Gy) in 5 fractions. A complete angiographic follow-up is available for 40 patients. RESULTS: Thirty-seven out of 40 patients (92.5%) have so far shown obliteration of their AVMs after a mean time of 3.2 +/- 0.26 years (range: 2-8 years). The mean AVM volume in these patients was 8.2 +/- 1.0 cm(3) (range: 1.5-29 cm(3)). There was a higher rate of obliteration (88%) in patients treated with 35 Gy compared to those treated with < 35 Gy (78%), even if this was not statistically significant. There was a significantly shorter time to obliteration in patients treated with 35 Gy. All patients who experienced symptomatic radionecrosis belonged to the group treated with 35 Gy. CONCLUSION: A radiation schedule of 35 Gy in 5 fractions may be more effective than a radiation schedule of <35 (30-32.5) Gy in obliterating AVMs. This may, however, be at the price of an increased risk of symptomatic radionecrosis.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 88, no 1, 24-28 p.
Arteriovenous malformations, stereotactic radiotherapy, fractionation, linear particle accelerator
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-35296DOI: 10.1159/000260076PubMedID: 19940546OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-35296DiVA: diva2:342927