BACKGROUND: Atypical and malignant meningiomas can recur despite resection and radiation.
OBJECTIVE: To determine outcomes of patients with recurrent atypical or malignant meningioma treated with repeat resection and permanent iodine-125 (125I) brachytherapy.
METHODS: Charts of patients who underwent surgical resection and 125I brachytherapy implantation for atypical and malignant meningiomas between 1988 and 2013 were retrospectively reviewed. The Kaplan-Meier actuarial method was used to calculate progression-free and overall survival. The log-rank test was used to compare groups. Significance was set at P < .05.
RESULTS: Forty-two patients underwent 50 resections with 125I brachytherapy implantations. All patients had undergone previous resections and 85% had previously undergone radiation. Median follow-up was 7.5 years after diagnosis and 2.3 years after brachytherapy. Median time to progression after resection with 125I brachytherapy was 20.9 months for atypical meningioma, 11.4 months for malignant meningioma, and 11.4 months for the combined groups. Median survival after re-resection and 125I brachytherapy was 3.5 years for atypical meningioma, 2.3 years for malignant meningioma, and 3.3 years for all subjects. Median overall survival after diagnosis was 11.1 years for atypical meningioma, 9.1 years for malignant meningioma, and 9.4 years for all subjects. Complications occurred in 17 patients and included radiation necrosis (n = 8, 16%), wound breakdown (n = 6, 12%), hydrocephalus (n = 4, 8%), infection (n = 3, 6%), and a pseudomeningocele (n = 2, 5%).
CONCLUSION: This is the largest experience with adjuvant 125I brachytherapy for recurrent high-grade meningiomas. The outcomes support the use of adjuvant brachytherapy as an option for these aggressive tumors.
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