Radiation therapy for sarcoid of the thalamus/posterior third ventricle: Case report

Keith J. Stelzer, Charles R. Thomas, Mitchel S. Berger, Alexander M. Spence, Cheng Mei Shaw, Thomas W. Griffin

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THERE ARE A limited number of previously reported cases involving the use of radiation therapy for sarcoid of the brain. The case of a 22-year-old man with a thalamic/posterior third ventricle sarcoid mass that grew despite steroid medication is presented. The patient was treated with external beam radiation to a total dose of 20 Gy, with 2-Gy fractions over 14 elapsed days. A complete radiographic response was achieved 4 months after radiation was completed. Radiographic follow-up through 8 months postradiation shows no evidence of disease recurrence. Fractionated radiation therapy in low-to-moderate doses appears to be efficacious in steroid-refractory sarcoid of the brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1188-1191
Number of pages4
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Brain
  • Central nervous system
  • Radiotherapy
  • Sarcoid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology


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