Radiation-Induced Large Vessel Cerebral Vasculopathy in Pediatric Patients With Brain Tumors Treated With Proton Radiation Therapy

Stephen F. Kralik, Gordon A. Watson, Chie Schin Shih, Chang Y. Ho, Whitney Finke, Jeffrey Buchsbaum

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Abstract

Purpose The purpose of this research was to evaluate the incidence, time to development, imaging patterns, risk factors, and clinical significance of large vessel cerebral vasculopathy in pediatric patients with brain tumors treated with proton radiation therapy. Methods and Materials A retrospective study was performed on 75 consecutive pediatric patients with primary brain tumors treated with proton radiation therapy. Radiation-induced large vessel cerebral vasculopathy (RLVCV) was defined as intracranial large vessel arterial stenosis or occlusion confirmed on magnetic resonance angiography, computed tomographic angiography, catheter angiography, or a combination of these within an anatomic region with previous exposure to proton beam therapy and not present before radiation therapy. Clinical records were used to determine the incidence, timing, radiation dose to the large vessels, and clinical significance associated with the development of large vessel vasculopathy in these patients. Results RLVCV was present in 5 of 75 (6.7%) patients and included tumor pathologic features of craniopharyngioma (n=2), ATRT (n=1), medulloblastoma (n=1), and anaplastic astrocytoma (n=1). The median time from completion of radiation therapy to development was 1.5 years (mean, 3.0 years; range, 1.0-7.5 years). Neither mean age at the time of radiation therapy (5.1 years) nor mean radiation therapy dose to the large vessels (54.5 Gy) was a statistically significant risk factor. Four of the 5 patients with RLVCV presented with acute stroke and demonstrated magnetic resonance imaging evidence of acute infarcts in the expected vascular distributions. Angiography studies demonstrated collateral vessel formation in only 2 of the patients with RLVCV. No patients demonstrated acute hemorrhage or aneurysm. Two patients were treated with pial synangiomatosis surgery. Conclusions RLVCV can occur in pediatric patients with brain tumors treated with proton radiation therapy. Further studies are necessary to determine potential risk factors for large vessel vasculopathy with proton radiation therapy in comparison with conventional photon radiation therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)817-824
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
Volume99
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Cancer Research

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