Introduction: Atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors are highly malignant neoplasms that present in young children and can grow to a large size. Maximal safe surgical resection is a mainstay of treatment. Presentation of cases: Two cases of children under the age of two with large tumors involving the supratentorial and infratentorial compartments are presented. A two-staged operative approach combining a standard suboccipital approach to the fourth ventricle followed by an infratentorial, supracerebellar approach was utilized for resection. Discussion: Maximal safe surgical resection of large tumors in young children is challenging. A staged approach is presented that affords maximal tumor resection while minimizing perioperative morbidity. Conclusion: A staged operative approach appears safe and efficacious when resecting large tumors from both the infratentorial and supratentorial compartments in children less than two years of age.
Foreman, P. M., Madura, C. J., Johnston, J. M., & Rocque, B. G. (2016). Two-stage surgical resection of an atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor occupying the infratentorial and supratentorial compartment in children under two years: Report of two cases. International Journal of Surgery Case Reports, 20, 49–52. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijscr.2016.01.007