Brain tumors are the second most common malignancy to occur during childhood and the posterior fossa is the most common region of the brain affected, Diagnosis and treatment are complex and challenging. Once a child suffering from a posterior fossa tumor is identified, a multidisciplinary team must be assembled to provide comprehensive care through all phases of treatment. The nursing staff is vital to this team because they are often the individuals who coordinate services involved in the care of the child with a posterior fossa tumor. This case study illustrates the phases of diagnosis and treatment of a child with a medulloblastoma and highlights critical care nursing challenges. Following the case study presentation, a summary describes posterior fossa tumors including epidemiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, critical care nursing, complications, and outcome. The case study is integrated throughout this review to highlight key issues for critical care nurses to explore
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Craniocerebral Alterations After Global Brain Ischemia| May 01 1997
Posterior Fossa Tumors in Children: A Case Study
Paula Vernon-Levett, RN, MS, CCRN;
*From the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Memorial Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois, Massachusetts.
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AACN Adv Crit Care (1997) 8 (2): 214–226.
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Paula Vernon-Levett, Maggie Geller; Posterior Fossa Tumors in Children: A Case Study. AACN Adv Crit Care 1 May 1997; 8 (2): 214–226. doi:
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