A pre-operative MRI image (above) shows an ependymoma (arrow) in the right lateral ventricle.
The port tract (arrow) is visible on the MRI taken in the Intra-Operative MRI Suite. This MRI shows complete removal of the tumor.
This post-operative MRI (above) confirms image-complete removal of the tumor.
Ependymomas are tumors that arise from a thin layer of cells that line the ventricular walls and central canal of the spinal cord.
Ependymomas are a type of glioma, along with astrocytoma and oligodendroglioma. These tumors can occur anywhere in the brain or spinal cord. The most common site in the brain is at the bottom of the brain near the spinal cord. These tumors have the potential to spread through the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) to other areas of the nervous system.
The Neuro-ICU cares for patients with all types of neurosurgical and neurological injuries, including stroke, brain hemorrhage, trauma and tumors. We work in close cooperation with your surgeon or medical doctor with whom you have had initial contact. Together with the surgeon or medical doctor, the Neuro-ICU attending physician and team members direct your family member's care while in the ICU. The Neuro-ICU team consists of the bedside nurses, nurse practitioners, physicians in specialty training (Fellows) and attending physicians. UCLA Neuro ICU Family Guide