Primary Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma / Edition 1

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Overview

Optic nerve sheath meningioma (ONSM) is a rare tumour. Cases are usually separated into primary ONSM, which arises either intraorbitally or, less commonly, intracanalicularly, and secondary ONSM, which arises intracranially and subsequently invades the optic canal and orbit. This is the first book to cover all important aspects of the diagnosis and treatment of primary ONSM. After a general introduction, individual chapters discuss the clinical presentation, clinical examination and diagnosis, imaging, and histology. Treatment options are then addressed in detail, with special emphasis on external beam radiation therapy, and in particular stereotactic fractionated radiation therapy. The latter has recently produced consistently good results and is now considered the emerging treatment of choice for the vast majority of patients with primary ONSM. This well-illustrated book will prove invaluable to all practitioners who encounter primary ONSM in their clinical work.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Christopher Loiselle, MD (University of Washington Medical Center)
Description: This is a focused yet thorough review of the diagnosis and management of primary optic nerve sheath meningiomas, a rare neoplasm accounting for approximately 2 percent of intraorbital tumors. The book presents information in a well organized framework of 10 chapters.
Purpose: The authors' goal is to pull together into a single source the expertise of physicians and surgeons across medical disciplines for this rare disease. As information on this topic in the medical literature is relatively sparse compared to more common neoplastic diseases, this is a noteworthy objective. The book successfully incorporates the previously published literature on this topic with the current approaches and technical strategies of experienced centers into a single work that is accessible and valuable to an inquiring practitioner.
Audience: The potential audience is broad, from medical students to experienced attending physicians across the fields of primary care, ophthalmology, pathology, radiology, surgery, and radiation oncology. This is an excellent reference for anyone in contact with patients presenting with this uncommon disease. In intent and in utility, the book succeeds in presenting the talents of a distinguished group of clinicians to a wide readership.
Features: It covers the gamut of information about this disease, from the epidemiology and genetics of optic nerve sheath meningiomas to very specific guidelines and information on diagnosis and management. A highlighted box at the beginning of each chapter summarizes key points. Excellent representative images show how this tumor appears on CT scans and MRI, highlighting the unique features which may appear on imaging to best characterize lesion extent and/or help clinch a diagnosis. The book thoroughly outlines published outcomes with surgery and the varying possible forms of radiation therapy. It discusses the role of these varying therapies depending upon the state of a patient's visual acuity, and key considerations for the impact of therapies on healthy surrounding tissues and vision preservation. The book also provides technical information about patient setup and dosimetry for multiple radiation delivery techniques, a feature of great interest to radiation oncologists.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference, highly worthy of space on any desk or bookshelf. I would readily use the information in this book when called to assess patients who have been diagnosed with this disease or for whom the diagnosis is a consideration. The book successfully delivers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of this disease. The format is an excellent model for books on neoplastic diseases. I look forward to reading further books in this series, Medical Radiology - Radiation Oncology.
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"This is an interesting book. … It is an absolute ‘must have’ book for anybody involved in the management of optic nerve meningioma or orbital disease in particular. … The number of people actively dealing with the investigation and management of these tumours is small. They will undoubtedly benefit enormously from having this on their bookshelves … . it would be useful to have as a reference book in libraries of hospitals and other institutions where this disease is dealt with." (Alan Jackson, RAD Magazine, January, 2009)

"The potential audience is broad, from medical students to experienced attending physicians across the fields of primary care, ophthalmology, pathology, radiology, surgery, and radiation oncology. This is an excellent reference for anyone in contact with patients presenting with this uncommon disease. … This is an excellent reference, highly worthy of space on any desk or bookshelf. … The book successfully delivers a concise yet comprehensive overview of the diagnosis and management of this disease."(Chirstopher Loiselle, Doody’s Review Service, February, 2009)

“It may seem ambitious to dedicate a textbook to the topic of optic nerve meningioma. … This slim … book addresses this specialized subject. … The chapters are well organized and beautifully presented. Each begins with a clear summary and is well supported by extensive references. … The radiographic images are high definition and of excellent quality. … The book should be useful for any ophthalmologist involved in the care of patients with optic nerve sheath meningioma … .” (Erika Marie Damato and Bertil Damato, Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, Vol. 248, May, 2010)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783540775577
  • Publisher: Springer Berlin Heidelberg
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Medical Radiology / Radiation Oncology Series
  • Edition description: 2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 139
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Overall Introduction, Problem Definition, Incidence.- Clinical Presentation.- Clinical Evaluation of Primary Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma.- Imaging Diagnosis of the Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma.- Histology and Molecular Genetics.- Surgery in Primary Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma.- Conventional Radiation Therapy in Primary Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma.- 3D Conformal RT.- Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma.- Stereotactic Radiation Therapy in Primary Optic Nerve Sheath Meningioma.
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