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Zane Koch is a 2 year old bubble of joy. She was admitted to Red Cross Children’s Hospital on August 16th 2011 with a huge tumor in her brain. Four days later they removed the tumor during a ten hour long operation. Although Zane was given very little hope of surviving the operation, she surprised everyone by sitting up, greeting her mommy and daddy and asking for tea!
She was allowed to go home for the weekend after her operation and on the Sunday night her parents had to rush her back to Red Cross due to excessive swelling on her brain.
On Tuesday, August 29th, 2011, Zane was diagnosed with Fibrous Menengioma. Meningiomas are often considered benign tumors curable by surgery, but most recurrent meningiomas correspond to histologic benign tumors. The metabolic phenotype of these benign recurrent meningiomas indicated an aggressive metabolism resembling that observed for atypical meningioma. They are usually dome-shaped, with the base lying on the dura. They are most frequently attached to the dura over the superior parasagittal surface.The most frequent genetic mutations involved in meningiomas are inactivation mutations in the neurofibromatosis 2 gene (merlin) on chromosome 22q. They have a tendency to calcify and are highly vascularized.
Zane will receive high doses of Chemotherapy as soon as the swelling reduces and is currently in High Care with 24 hour Oxygen and intravenous support.