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Skull base surgery

Juan Luis Gómez-Amador, Luis Alberto Ortega-Porcayo, Isaac Jair Palacios-Ortíz, Alexander Perdomo-Pantoja, Felipe Eduardo Nares-López, Alfredo Vega-Alarcón
Brainstem cavernous malformations are challenging due to the critical anatomy and potential surgical risks. Anterolateral, lateral, and dorsal surgical approaches provide limited ventral exposure of the brainstem. The authors present a case of a midline ventral pontine cavernous malformation resected through an endoscopic endonasal transclival approach based on minimal brainstem transection, negligible cranial nerve manipulation, and a straightforward trajectory. Technical and reconstruction technique advances in endoscopic endonasal skull base surgery provide a direct, safe, and effective corridor to the brainstem...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Nathan T Zwagerman, Georgios Zenonos, Stefan Lieber, Wei-Hsin Wang, Eric W Wang, Juan C Fernandez-Miranda, Carl H Snyderman, Paul A Gardner
The endoscopic endonasal approach (EEA) has significantly evolved since its initial uses in pituitary and sinonasal surgery. The literature is filled with reports and case series demonstrating efficacy and advantages for the entire ventral skull base. With competence in 'minimally invasive' parasellar approaches, larger and more complex approaches were developed to utilize the endonasal corridor to create maximally invasive endoscopic skull base procedures. The challenges of these more complex endoscopic procedures include a long learning curve and navigating in a narrow corridor; reconstruction of defects presented new challenges and early experience revealed a significantly higher risk of cerebrospinal fluid leak...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Neuro-oncology
Darren Yap, Hannah Fox, Julia Addams-Williams
Neurofibroma is a slow growing benign tumour of the peripheral nerve sheath which is frequently associated with neurofibromatosis type 1 (Prakash et al., 2014). Isolated solitary occurrence of neurofibroma in the maxillary sinus is rare with only 29 reported cases in the literature. We present a rare case of a 70-year-old gentleman who was referred to ENT with a right maxillary sinus neurofibroma with extension into the right inferior orbit. He has significant proptosis, ptosis, and limitation in abduction of the right eye...
2016: Case Reports in Pathology
Cameron C Wick, Daniel E Killeen, Michael Clark, Joe Walter Kutz, Brandon Isaacson
OBJECTIVE: Describe the diagnosis and management of spontaneous lateral skull base cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks that originate from the posterior fossa. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective case review. SETTING: Tertiary university hospital. PATIENTS: Adult patients from 2005 to 2015 who underwent surgical repair of a spontaneous lateral skull base CSF leak with intraoperative confirmation of a posterior fossa leak source...
October 14, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Golda Grinblat, Sampath Chandra Prasad, Gianluca Piras, Jingchun He, Abdelkader Taibah, Alessandra Russo, Mario Sanna
OBJECTIVE: 1) To describe the surgical technique of drill canaplasty for exostosis and osteoma and to evaluate our results. 2) To propose a new grading system for external auditory canal stenosis (EACS). 3) To review the recent literature. STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective review. SETTING: Quarternary referral center for Otology & Skull Base surgery. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Two hundred seventeen patients (256 ears) with exostosis or osteoma were included in the study...
October 12, 2016: Otology & Neurotology
Abib Agbetoba, Amber Luong, Jin Keat Siow, Brent Senior, Claudio Callejas, Kornel Szczygielski, Martin J Citardi
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic sinus surgery represents a cornerstone in the professional development of otorhinolaryngology trainees. Mastery of these surgical skills requires an understanding of paranasal sinus and skull-base anatomy. The frontal sinus is associated with a wide range of variation and complex anatomical configuration, and thus represents an important challenge for all trainees performing endoscopic sinus surgery. METHODS: Forty-five otorhinolaryngology trainees and 20 medical school students from 5 academic institutions were enrolled and randomized into 1 of 2 groups...
October 18, 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Hui Zhang, Li Ma, Yu-Bo Wang, Cheng Shu, Yong-An Huang, Lian-Qiang Dong, Gang-Ge Cheng
OBJECTIVE: Clear cell meningioma (CCM) is a rare histological subtype of meningioma which is classified as WHO grade II tumor. We conducted the present study to characterize clinical features of intracranial CCM and investigate the prognostic factors associated with surgical recurrence-free survival (RFS) of the patients. METHODS: PubMed and Embase were searched for case reports and series relevant to CCM. For each included study, relevant data were extracted, including patients' characteristics, pathology findings, therapeutic modality, and outcome...
October 12, 2016: World Neurosurgery
Chandrashekhar R Bande, Akshay Mishra, M K Gupta, Manu Goel, Mayur J Gawande
PURPOSE: Resections in the posterior component of the oral cavity usually lead to severe functional compromise and lower quality of life for patients. Notable advances in reconstruction of the posterior part of the mouth and of the oropharynx have occurred in recent decades. The anatomic and physiologic rehabilitation of the defect to a reasonable outcome with low morbidity and mortality remains the founding basis of any surgical reconstruction, which also holds true for oral oropharyngeal and retromaxillary reconstructions...
September 17, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Eva Placheta, Ines Tinhofer, Melanie Schmid, Lukas F Reissig, Igor Pona, Wolfgang Weninger, Thomas Rath, David Chwei-Chin Chuang, Chieh-Han John Tzou
INTRODUCTION: Facial reanimation surgery is performed in severe cases of facial palsy to restore facial function. In a 1-stage procedure, the spinal accessory nerve can be used as a donor nerve to power a free gracilis muscle transplant for the reanimation of the mouth. The aim of this study was to describe the surgical anatomy of the spinal accessory nerve, provide a guide for reliable donor nerve dissection, and analyze the available donor axon counts. METHODS: Dissections were performed on 10 nonembalmed cadavers (measurements of 20 nerves)...
October 6, 2016: Annals of Plastic Surgery
Rolfe M Radcliffe, Yasmine Messiaen, Nita L Irby, Thomas J Divers, Curtis W Dewey, Katharyn J Mitchell, Lauren V Schnabel, Abraham J Bezuidenhout, Peter V Scrivani, Norm G Ducharme
OBJECTIVE: To report a transnasal, endoscopically guided ventral surgical approach for accessing the cranial and caudal segments of the sphenopalatine sinus for mass removal in a horse. STUDY DESIGN: Case report. ANIMAL: Adult horse with acute onset blindness referable to a soft tissue mass within the sphenopalatine sinus. CLINICAL REPORT: A 7-year-old Warmblood gelding presented with a history of running into a fence and falling...
October 12, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
François Simon, Charlotte Celerier, Erea-Noël Garabedian, Françoise Denoyelle
OBJECTIVE: Cryptotia is one of the most common malformations of the upper auricle with aesthetic and functional consequences, however there is no standard treatment. We present the surgical technique and results of a kite flap procedure which can be used in the different cryptotia subtypes. METHODS: We reviewed all patients treated in our department from 2010 to 2015, using a mastoid fascia kite flap technique. The incision of this local flap follows the retro-auricular sulcus along the rim of the helix superiorly and drawing a skin paddle inferiorly...
November 2016: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Jenny X Chen, Blake C Alkire, Allen C Lam, William T Curry, Eric H Holbrook
Objectives While bacterial meningitis is a concerning complication after endoscopic skull base surgery, the diagnosis can be made without consideration for aseptic meningitis. This article aims to (1) present a patient with recurrent craniopharyngioma and multiple postoperative episodes of aseptic meningitis and (2) discuss the diagnosis and management of aseptic meningitis. Design Case report and literature review. Results A 65-year-old female patient with a symptomatic craniopharyngioma underwent transsphenoidal resection...
October 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
N-X Bonne, F Dubrulle, M Risoud, C Vincent
The surgical management of skull base lesions is difficult due to the complex anatomy of the region and the intimate relations between the lesion and adjacent nerves and vessels. Minimally invasive approaches are increasingly used in skull base surgery to ensure an optimal functional prognosis. Three-dimensional (3D) computed tomography (CT) reconstruction facilitates surgical planning by visualizing the anatomical relations of the lesions in all planes (arteries, veins, nerves, inner ear) and simulation of the surgical approach in the operating position...
October 5, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
Wei-Liang Chen, Zhao-Hui Yang, Zhi-Quan Huang, Song Fan, Da-Ming Zhang, You-Yuan Wang
PURPOSE: Head and neck tumors that involve the craniomaxillofacial region are classified as stage IVb disease and are clinically challenging. In this study, the outcomes of craniofacial resection and craniofacial reconstruction in patients with recurrent malignant tumors involving the craniomaxillofacial region were evaluated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This retrospective observational study was conducted from January 2008 to August 2015. Data collected for each patient included age, gender, tumor site, initial treatment, craniofacial resection, reconstruction flaps and complications after craniofacial resection, adjuvant treatment, and reported outcomes of craniofacial resection and craniofacial reconstruction...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
V Gellner, W Koele, A Wolf, C Gerstenberger, M Mokry, H Stammberger, P V Tomazic
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October 3, 2016: Clinical Otolaryngology
Vivek Kumar Kankane, Gaurav Jaiswal, Tarun Kumar Gupta
Pneumocephalus is commonly seen after head and facial trauma, ear infections, and tumors of the skull base or neurosurgical interventions. In tension pneumocephalus, the continuous accumulation of intracranial air is thought to be caused by a "ball valve" mechanism. In turn, this may lead to a mass effect on the brain, with subsequent neurological deterioration and signs of herniation. Tension pneumocephalus is considered a life-threatening, neurosurgical emergency burr-hole evacuation was performed and he experienced a full recovery...
October 2016: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Stefan Linsler, Sebastian Antes, Sebastian Senger, Joachim Oertel
OBJECTIVE: The safety of endoscopic skull base surgery can be enhanced by accurate navigation in preoperative computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Here, we report our initial experience of real-time intraoperative CT-guided navigation surgery for pituitary tumors in childhood. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We report the case of a 15-year-old girl with a huge growth hormone-secreting pituitary adenoma with supra- and perisellar extension. Furthermore, the skull base was infiltrated...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Chuanyuan Tao, Jiajing Wang, Yuekang Zhang, Shirong Qi, Fan Liu, Chao You
OBJECTIVE: Cerebral vasospasm can occur after skull base tumor removal. Few studies concentrated on the posterior circulation vasospasm after tumor resection in the posterior fossa. We aimed to identify the risk factors associated with postoperative vertebrobasilar vasospasm after tumor resection in the foramen magnum. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data of 62 patients with tumors in the foramen magnum at our institution from January 2010 to January 2015...
2016: PloS One
Anne Laure Bernat, Etienne Lefevre, Damien Sène, Philippe Herman, Homa Adle Biassette, Sebastien Froelich
Granulomatosis with polyangitis (Wegener's disease) is a rare ANCA (anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody) positive vasculitis that seldom involves brain and meninges. We herein present a case of a 35-year-old woman presenting with granulomatosis with polyangitis involving the brain and the meninges. The histological diagnosis required a complete resection of the lesion. Despite the possibility of post operative wound infection surgery was mandatory to ascertain the diagnostic and to treat locally.
September 23, 2016: World Neurosurgery
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