Supratentorial hemangioblastoma: Clinical features, prognosis, and predictive value of location for von HippelLindau disease

Steven A. Mills, Michael C. Oh, Martin J. Rutkowski, Michael E. Sughrue, Igor J. Barani, Andrew T. Parsa

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Supratentorial hemangioblastoma is a rare form of hemangioblastoma; little information is available regarding prognosis, treatment, and clinical characteristics, because the available literature is primarily composed of case reports and small case series. Therefore, we performed a systematic review of the literature to analyze clinical characteristics, disease progression, and surgical outcomes with respect to survival for supratentorial hemangioblastomas. The rate of progression-free survival (PFS) was determined using Kaplan-Meier analysis. Differences in categorical factors, including location of tumor and diagnosis of von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease, were analyzed using the Pearson χ2 test. A total of 106 articles met the search criteria, which combined for a total of 132 patients. Of the patients with supratentorial tumors, 60 had VHL disease, and 31 (84) of 37 patients with tumors in the sellar/suprasellar region had associated VHL (χ2, P <. 001). Five-year PFS for gross-total resection and subtotal resection were 100 and 53, respectively (Log rank, P <. 01). On the basis of our analysis of the literature on published cases of supratentorial hemangioblastoma, gross-total resection appears to be superior to other treatment modalities in extending PFS. Von HippelLindau disease is positively correlated with supratentorial hemangioblastoma when compared with non-supratentorial CNS hemangioblastomas, particularly when present in the sellar/suprasellar region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1097-1104
Number of pages8
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • hemangioblastoma
  • supratentorial
  • von Hippel-Lindau

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cancer Research


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