Therapeutic dilemma of disseminated CNS germinoma and the potential of increased platinum-based chemotherapy delivery with osmotic blood-brain barrier disruption

Edward A. Neuwelt, Paul C. Wiliams, Bruce E. Mickey, Eugene P. Frenkel, W. David David Henner

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In contrast to disseminated extraneural germinoma, systemic chemotherapy in disseminated central nervous system germinoma often results in only transient responses. After surgery, cytoreduction was accomplished with systemic multiagent platinum-based chemotherapy in 4 consecutive patients known to have a poor prognosis, due to central nervous system germinoma at more than one anatomic site. When tumor enhancement resolved (i.e., blood-brain barrier integrity was restored), intensive consolidation therapy with carboplatin and etoposide was given in association with mannitol-induced osmotic blood-brain barrier disruption. Complete responses occurred in all 4 patients and currently 3 are tumor-free without radiotherapy 24-40 months from diagnosis, suggesting the importance of increased drug delivery for an extended period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)16-22
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric Neurosurgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994



  • Blood-brain barrier disruption
  • Disseminated CNS germinoma
  • Platinum-based chemotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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