What are indications for surgical resection of brain metastasis?

Updated: Aug 01, 2018
  • Author: Victor Tse, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Indications for surgical resection include the following:

  • Solitary lesions larger than 3 cm

  • Lesions in noneloquent areas of the brain

  • Limited and/or controlled systemic disease

  • Karnofsky score greather than 70

  • One symptomatic lesion with multiple asymptomatic lesions (The symptomatic lesion should be resected, and remaining lesions should be treated with radiotherapy.)


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