IIUM Repository

Diagnostic delay and reducing the diagnostic interval in children with brain tumor

Shaban Mohamed, Mossad Abdelhak and Abdelhalim, Abdelbaset Taher (2018) Diagnostic delay and reducing the diagnostic interval in children with brain tumor. The International Journal of Medicine and Sciences, 3 (1). pp. 44-47.

[img] PDF - Published Version
Restricted to Repository staff only

Download (173kB) | Request a copy


Brain tumor account for a quarter of all childhood cancers, affecting about 1 in 2400 United Kingdom (UK) children under the age of 16 annually, while brain and other nervous system cancer incidence per 100,000 population in Peninsular Malaysia for age 0-19 years was 84/100000. Death occurs either as a result of catastrophic presentations with raised intracranial pressure or as a result of tumor recurrence and resistance to further treatment. Five-year survival rates became over 70%, and the majority of these patients go on to be long-term survivors. Despite this, 60% of long-term survivors of childhood brain tumors are moderately or severely neurologically disabled. Delayed diagnosis of brain tumor among children is a concern around the globe and has been reported by parents, in the media, and in the courts. These reports can disturb public confidence in healthcare systems. This literature searches studied diagnostic delay and reducing the diagnostic interval in children with brain tumor, using online databases and a manual search. Main keywords used were diagnostic delay, brain tumor in children and post symptomatic diagnostic interval. In some studies post symptomatic diagnostic interval (PDI) was 28 weeks with a parental delay of 11.1 weeks and a doctor's delay of 16.9 weeks. We concluded many recommendations as programmes to raise public and professional awareness of the symptomatology of brain tumor, early referral, CT scan fast track. Along with many other recommendations were discussed in this article.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 8259/67162
Uncontrolled Keywords: Diagnostic delay, Brain tumor in children, Post symptomatic diagnostic interval
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Paediatrics
Depositing User: Assoc.prof mossad shaban
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2018 14:16
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2019 09:45
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/67162

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year