Common Histopathological spectrum of Posterior Fossa Tumors in Pediatric Age Group


  • Ayaz Ahmad Neurosurgery department MTI Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Mushtaq Khan Neurosurgery department MTI Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar, Pakistan
  • Sohail Amir Neurosurgery department MTI Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar, Pakistan



Histopathologic Spectrum, Posterior Fossa Tumors


Objective:  To know about the common posterior fossa tumors in the pediatric age group on basis of Histopathology in Neurosurgery Department, Hayatabad Medical Complex Peshawar.

Material and Methods:  This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted in the department of MTI Hayatabad medical complex Peshawar from January 2017 to January 2020. We included a total of 52 patients who operated for posterior fossa tumors and biopsy reports were observed to know the histological pattern of the tumor. We included all those patients who have posterior fossa tumors except those tumors which involved or arise from brain stem and infections. The data was collected and analyzed using SPSS version 21.

Results:  Our study shows that the mean age was 6 years with a standard deviation ± 2.81. Fifty-eight percent of children were male and 42% of children were female. Histopathologic patterns were analyzed as 48% of children had Medulloblastoma, 25% of children had Astrocytoma, 19% of children had Ependymoma, 8% of patients had other histopathologic patterns.

Conclusion:  Our study concludes that common histopathologic patterns of posterior fossa tumors in children were medulloblastoma (48%), Astrocytoma (25%), ependymoma (19%) respectively.


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