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Skull base surgery

Olabisi R Sanusi, Omar Arnaout, Rudy J Rahme, Craig Horbinski, James P Chandler
OBJECTIVE: Chordomas are rare tumors of notochordal origin that are known to be locally aggressive and are often treated with surgical resection followed by adjuvant radiotherapy. The accepted standard of treatment for chordomas of the mobile spine which includes en-bloc resection with wide margins cannot be easily applied to the chordomas of the skull base given their proximity to critical neurovascular structures. We describe our experience with the role of surgery and adjuvant radiation in the treatment of chordomas over 16 years...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Sharad Rajpal, Colson Tomberlin, Andrew Bauer, Robert C Forsythe, Sigita Burneikiene
BACKGROUND: The variety of diagnostic characteristics associated with neurocysticercosis have been well studied, however, its potential to be implicated in other differential diagnosis has not been well demonstrated. CASE DESCRIPTION: We report the case of a 55-year-old Hispanic man who underwent a Chiari decompression surgery, which was complicated with hydrocephalus. Despite a ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt placement, he continued to have headaches and was soon found to have several skull base subarachnoid lesions, which were later diagnosed as the sequelae of an active neurocysticercosis infection...
March 12, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Yoshitaka Shimizu, Takahito Okazaki, Tomoaki Hamana, Masahiro Irifune
Treatment of pseudoaneurysms in the internal carotid artery (ICA) is associated with a high risk of cerebral infarction; therefore, vessel ligation for hemostasis must be avoided. A 66-year-old man had intraoral hemorrhaging. At the time of the initial examination, computed tomography angiography showed jaw plate displacement near the ICA. A more detailed image was obtained using digital-subtraction angiography. After evaluation of the image, a pseudoaneurysm was diagnosed. Six days later, there were concerns about aspiration and airway obstruction; therefore, tracheostomy was performed...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
D A Gol'bin, V A Cherekaev
The article presents the literature data on the structural variability and age-related features of the midline anatomical structures of the anterior skull base (frontal sinus, ethmoid bone, anterior parasellar region, and medial orbital wall). This is the area of surgical interests of neurosurgeons and rhinosurgeons. The study objective is to analyze the literature data on the individual variability and age-related anatomy of these structures. The work is illustrated with original images from the authors' personal archive...
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
O I Sharipov, M A Kutin, A V Bayuklin, A A Imaev, A A Abdilatipov, A B Kurnosov, D V Fomichev, N I Mikhaylov, P L Kalinin
Nasal liquorrhea is a serious problem in surgery of skull base tumors, which is associated with a high risk of purulent-septic complications. This paper presents a case of successful repair of a cerebrospinal fluid fistula with an autologous platelet gel in the postoperative period after removal of meningioma of the anterior cranial fossa base, which was accompanied by a purulent-inflammatory complication in the surgical wound area.
2018: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
Vladimir Nakov, Toma Spiriev, Evgeni Stavrev
BACKGROUND: Vertebrobasilar junction aneurysms occur rarely, but have a higher rupture rate than supratentoral aneurysms, and higher morbidity and mortality. Their location ventral to the neuroaxis makes them a challenging surgical lesion. METHODS: In this paper, we share our experience with the surgical technique for the management of these complex aneurysms. CONCLUSION: An in-depth understanding of the anatomy of these aneurysms, careful preoperative planning, and a meticulous surgical technique, including knowledge of every detail of the procedure-positioning, an advanced skull base technique, and careful aneurysm dissection and clipping-is essential for a successful outcome of the surgery...
March 14, 2018: Acta Neurochirurgica
L Wessels, N Hecht, P Vajkoczy
Since the introduction of cerebral bypass surgery by Professor Yasargil in 1967, a plethora of literature has been published on direct cerebral revascularization. Against this background, it is remarkable that at present, only three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) exist in the field, both dealing with extracranial to intracranial bypass surgery for flow augmentation in patients at risk to suffer ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke due to cerebrovascular disease. Next to flow augmentation, the other main indication for bypass surgery is to provide flow replacement following proximal vessel sacrifice for treatment of complex aneurysms or skull base tumors...
March 13, 2018: Neurosurgical Review
Konstantinos Natsis, Maria Piagkou, Nikolaos Lazaridis, Trifon Totlis, Nikolaos Anastasopoulos, Jannis Constantinidis
PURPOSE: The current study investigated the incidence, morphology and morphometry of the ossified ligaments expanding between petrous bone and posterior clinoid processes and in between the anterior, middle and posterior clinoid processes. Side symmetry, gender dimorphism and age influence were also studied. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 123 adult Greek dry skulls were observed. RESULTS: A caroticoclinoid bar (CCB) was found in 60.2%. Partial CCBs appeared more commonly (36...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Cranio-maxillo-facial Surgery
Firas Bannout, Sheri Harder, Michael Lee, Alexander Zouros, Ravi Raghavan, Travis Fogel, Kenneth De Los Reyes, Travis Losey
The neurosurgical treatment of skull base temporal encephalocele for patients with epilepsy is variable. We describe two adult cases of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) with spheno-temporal encephalocele, currently seizure-free for more than two years after anterior temporal lobectomy (ATL) and lesionectomy sparing the hippocampus without long-term intracranial electroencephalogram (EEG) monitoring. Encephaloceles were detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and confirmed by maxillofacial head computed tomography (CT) scans...
March 12, 2018: Brain Sciences
Magdalena Lachowska, Paulina Glinka, Kazimierz Niemczyk
BACKGROUND: Air-conducted and skull-tap cervical vestibular evoked myogenic potentials (AC-cVEMP and Tap-cVEMP) have been shown to be very promising tools in clinical practice. They are noninvasive, easy to obtain and - importantly - they require little time and the cost of the instruments is low. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the combined use of ACand Tap-cVEMPs as a diagnostic tool for advanced assessment of vestibular schwannoma in determining tumor origin, and to investigate whether the results are helpful for a surgeon as an additional source of information about the tumor before surgery...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Alexandre Bossi Todeschini, Alaa S Montaser, Douglas A Hardesty, Ricardo L Carrau, Daniel M Prevedello
Endoscopic endonasal approaches (EEA) have gained popularity and acceptance in skull base surgery over the last two decades. So-called expanded EEA allow access in the sagittal plane from the frontal sinus to the odontoid process. The endoscopic endonasal transclival approach allows a unique trajectory into the midline clivus and skull base that is unachievable from traditional craniotomy approaches to lesions such as chondrosarcomas, chordomas, and posterior fossa meningiomas. In this review, we will assess the benefits and drawbacks to using an endoscopic endonasal approach versus transcranial approach to these challenging lesions, assess the anatomical limits of endoscopic endonasal transclival surgery, and discuss the published literature on the topic...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
James Barger, Matthew Siow, Michael Kader, Katherine Phillips, Girish Fatterpekar, David Kleinberg, David Zagzag, Chandranath Sen, John G Golfinos, Richard Lebowitz, Dimitris G Placantonakis
Background: While effective for the repair of large skull base defects, the Hadad-Bassagasteguy nasoseptal flap increases operative time and can result in a several-week period of postoperative crusting during re-mucosalization of the denuded nasal septum. Endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery for pituitary adenoma resection is generally not associated with large dural defects and high-flow cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks requiring extensive reconstruction. Here, we present the posterior nasoseptal flap as a novel technique for closure of skull defects following endoscopic resection of pituitary adenomas...
2018: Surgical Neurology International
Qing Wang, Xinjie Wu, Mingsheng Tan, Gaoju Wang, Shuang Xu, Yingna Qi
OBJECTIVE: To describe lower cranial nerve palsy (LCNP) following vertical over-distraction when performing occipitocervical fusion (OCF) to treat vertical atlantoaxial dislocation (AAD) and basilar invagination (BI) and to investigate its possible causes. METHODS: We report 4 cases with vertical AAD and BI who postoperatively presented with neurogenic dysphagia, dysarthria, and bucking after undergoing anatomical reduction. RESULTS: Patients underwent revision surgery to achieve partial reduction and demonstrated remarkable recovery of 9th , 10th and 11th nerve deficits...
March 7, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Jéssica Araújo Figueira, Fábio Roberto de Souza Batista, Karina Rosso, Vanessa Cristina Veltrini, Angelo José Pavan
Gorlin-Goltz syndrome (GGS), also known as nevoid basal cell carcinoma syndrome, is an autosomal dominant inherited disorder with high penetrance and variable expressivity. The classic triad originally described by Gorlin and Goltz in 1960 is composed of multiple nevoid basal cell carcinomas (NBCCs), odontogenic keratocysts (OKCs) in the jaws and bifid ribs. in 1977, this triad was modified by Rayner et al, and to GGS diagnosis, the OKCs had to appear in combination with calcification of the cerebellar falx or palmar and plantar pits...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Daniele Marchioni, Angelo Musumeci, Cristoforo Fabbris, Stefano De Rossi, Davide Soloperto
BACKGROUND: The clivus is a region characterized by complex anatomy, with vascular and neural structures that are located in close proximity. Different pathologies can affect this area, and traditional surgical approaches were open approaches. Recently, the endoscopic transnasal technique has been introduced, and currently represents a good alternative for the surgical management of these lesions. This is a preliminary report on patients treated endoscopically for clival lesions by the authors' Skull Base Team...
March 8, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Satoshi Fukai, Naoyuki Okabe, Hayato Mine, Hironori Takagi, Hiroyuki Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Garcin syndrome, which consists of unilateral palsies of almost all cranial nerves without either sensory or motor long-tract disturbances or intracranial hypertension, can be caused by malignant tumors at the skull base. The case of a patient with lung cancer that metastasized to the sphenoid bone and resulted in Garcin syndrome is presented. CASE PRESENTATION: A 76-year-old woman was diagnosed as having non-small cell lung cancer with pericardial and diaphragmatic infiltration, cT4N1M0, stage 3A...
March 6, 2018: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Hyun-Tai Chung, Jeong Hun Kim, Jin Wook Kim, Sun Ha Paek, Dong Gyu Kim, Kook Jin Chun, Tae Hoon Kim, Yong Kyun Kim
Image co-registration is used in frameless gamma knife radiosurgery (GKSRS) to assign a stereotactic coordinate system and verify patient setup before irradiation. The accuracy of co-registration with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images of a Gamma Knife IconTM (GK Icon) was assessed, and the effects of the region of co-registration (ROC) were studied. CBCT-to-CBCT co-registration is used for patient setup verification, and its accuracy was examined by co-registering CBCT images taken at various configurations with a reference CBCT series...
2018: PloS One
Tyler Safran, Alex Viezel-Mathieu, Benjamin Beland, Alain J Azzi, Rafael Galli, Mirko Gilardino
INTRODUCTION: Craniosynostosis, the premature fusion of ≥1 cranial sutures, is the leading cause of pediatric skull deformities, affecting 1 of every 2000 to 2500 live births worldwide. Technologies used for the management of craniofacial conditions, specifically in craniosynostosis, have been advancing dramatically. This article highlights the most recent technological advances in craniosynostosis surgery through a systematic review of the literature. METHODS: A systematic electronic search was performed using the PubMed database...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
Walid I Essayed, Prashin Unadkat, Ahmed Hosny, Sarah Frisken, Marcio S Rassi, Srinivasan Mukundan, James C Weaver, Ossama Al-Mefty, Alexandra J Golby, Ian F Dunn
OBJECTIVE Endoscopic endonasal approaches are increasingly performed for the surgical treatment of multiple skull base pathologies. Preventing postoperative CSF leaks remains a major challenge, particularly in extended approaches. In this study, the authors assessed the potential use of modern multimaterial 3D printing and neuronavigation to help model these extended defects and develop specifically tailored prostheses for reconstructive purposes. METHODS Extended endoscopic endonasal skull base approaches were performed on 3 human cadaveric heads...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Heinz Arnold, Maximilian Schulze, Stephan Wolpert, Bernhard Hirt, Anke Tropitzsch, Rainer Zimmermann, Andreas Radeloff, Hubert Löwenheim, Katrin Reimann
HYPOTHESIS: Anatomical and radiological evaluation improves safety and accuracy of the retrosigmoid approach for positioning a transcutaneous bone conduction implant and provides anatomical reference data for standardized, landmark-based implantation at this alternative site. BACKGROUND: The primary implantation site for the floating mass transducer of a novel bone conduction hearing implant is the mastoid. However, anatomical limitations or previous mastoid surgery may prevent mastoid implantation...
February 28, 2018: Otology & Neurotology
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