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Anterior Skull Base

Chai Kobkitsuksakul, Pakorn Jiarakongmun, Ekachat Chanthanaphak, Sirintara Pongpech
PURPOSE: The classic symptoms and signs of carotid cavernous sinus fistula or cavernous sinus dural arteriovenous fistula (AVF) consist of eye redness, exophthalmos, and gaze abnormality. The angiography findings typically consist of arteriovenous shunt at cavernous sinüs with ophthalmic venous drainage with or without cortical venous reflux. In rare circumstances, the shunts are localized outside the cavernous sinus, but mimic symptoms and radiography of the cavernous shunt. We would like to present the other locations of the arteriovenous shunt, which mimic the clinical presentation of carotid cavernous fistulae, and analyze venous drainages...
October 21, 2016: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
S Chawla, J Bowman, M Gandhi, B Panizza
BACKGROUND: The skull base is a highly complex anatomical region that provides passage for important nerves and vessels as they course into and out of the cranial cavity. Key to the management of pathology in this region is a thorough understanding of the anatomy, with its variations, and the relationship of various neurovascular structures to the pathology in question. Targeted high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging on high field strength magnets can enable the skull base surgeon to understand this intricate relationship and deal with the pathology from a position of relative advantage...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Laryngology and Otology
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
Christian Güldner, Isabell Diogo, Eva Bernd, Stephanie Dräger, Magis Mandapathil, Afshin Teymoortash, Hesham Negm, Thomas Wilhelm
Cone beam computed tomography (CBCT, syn. digital volume tomography = DVT) was introduced into ENT imaging more than 10 years ago. The main focus was on imaging of the paranasal sinuses and traumatology of the mid face. In recent years, it has also been used in imaging of chronic ear diseases (especially in visualizing middle and inner ear implants), but an exact description of the advantages and limitations of visualizing precise anatomy in a relevant number of patients is still missing. The data sets of CBCT imaging of the middle and inner ear of 204 patients were analyzed regarding the visualization of 18 different anatomic structures...
October 17, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Yi Wang, Yi Deng, Zhi Li, Xu Li, Chen-Yuan Zhang, Zhen Jin, Ming-Xia Fan, Michael T Compton, Eric F C Cheung, Kelvin O Lim, Raymond C K Chan
Minor physical anomalies (MPAs) are subtle signs of fetal developmental abnormalities that have been considered to be among the most replicated risk markers for schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. However, quantitative approaches are needed to measure craniofacial MPAs. The present study adopted an imaging-based quantitative approach to examine craniofacial MPAs across the spectrum of schizophrenia and affective disorders, to address their sensitivity and specificity. We sampled 31 patients with schizophrenia, 30 of their unaffected relatives, and 30 individuals with schizotypal personality traits, as well as 37 non-schizotypal controls...
October 8, 2016: PsyCh Journal
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
Omar H Ahmed, Sonya Marcus, Jenna R Tauber, Binhuan Wang, Yixin Fang, Richard A Lebowitz
OBJECTIVE: Perioperative lumbar drain (LD) use in the setting of endoscopic cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak repair is a well-established practice. However, recent data suggest that LDs may not provide significant benefit and may thus confer unnecessary risk. To examine this, we conducted a meta-analysis to investigate the effect of LDs on postoperative CSF leak recurrence following endoscopic repair of CSF rhinorrhea. DATA SOURCES: A comprehensive search was performed with the following databases: Ovid MEDLINE (1947 to November 2015), EMBASE (1974 to November 2015), Cochrane Review, and PubMed (1990 to November 2015)...
September 27, 2016: Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
Jae-Myung Shin, Chena Lee, Jo-Eun Kim, Kyung-Hoe Huh, Won-Jin Yi, Min-Suk Heo, Soon-Chul Choi, Sam-Sun Lee
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate appropriate contrast reference values (CRVs) by comparing the contrast in phantom and clinical images. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Phantom contrast was measured using two methods: (1) counting the number of visible pits of different depths in an aluminum plate, and (2) obtaining the contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) for 5 tissue-equivalent materials (porcelain, aluminum, polytetrafluoroethylene [PTFE], polyoxymethylene [POM], and polymethylmethacrylate [PMMA])...
September 2016: Imaging Science in Dentistry
Alberto Schreiber, Davide Mattavelli, Marco Ferrari, Vittorio Rampinelli, Davide Lancini, Francesco Belotti, Luigi Fabrizio Rodella, Piero Nicolai
BACKGROUND: Over the past decade, the treatment of complex intradural and extradural pathologies via expanded endonasal approaches has been made possible by progresses and refinements in skull base reconstruction techniques. The aim of this anatomic study is to describe a novel endonasal flap, the turbinal flap (TF), based on the middle and superior turbinate mucosa and pedicled on the ethmoidal arteries system. METHODS: Three fresh-frozen (6 sides) cadaver heads previously injected with colored silicone were dissected...
September 21, 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Christopher Le, E Bradley Strong, Quang Luu
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak occurs from traumatic, iatrogenic, and idiopathic etiologies. Its timely diagnosis requires clinical, radiographic, and laboratory testing. Medical and surgical management can mitigate the risk of life-threatening infection and morbidity. This article outlines the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management or CSF leak of the anterior skull base.
October 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
Matthew Bobinski, Peter Y Shen, Arthur B Dublin
Skull base fractures extend through the floor of the anterior, middle, or posterior cranial fossa. They are frequently associated with complex facial fractures and serious complications such as cranial nerve or vascular injury, cerebrospinal fluid leak, or meningitis. Several distinct patterns of skull base fractures have been recognized, each of them associated with different complications. Recognition of, often subtle, skull base fracture is essential to prevent or allow early treatment of these serious complications...
October 2016: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
Serdar Ercan, Alba Scerrati, Phengfei Wu, Jun Zhang, Mario Ammirati
OBJECTIVE The subtemporal approach is one of the surgical routes used to reach the interpeduncular fossa. Keyhole subtemporal approaches and zygomatic arch osteotomy have been proposed in an effort to decrease the amount of temporal lobe retraction. However, the effects of these modified subtemporal approaches on temporal lobe retraction have never been objectively validated. METHODS A keyhole and a classic subtemporal craniotomy were executed in 4 fresh-frozen silicone-injected cadaver heads. The target was defined as the area bordered by the superior cerebellar artery, the anterior clinoid process, supraclinoid internal carotid artery, and the posterior cerebral artery...
September 16, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Austin S Adams, David O Francis, Paul T Russell
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic repair of anterior skull-base defects has become the gold standard for management of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea. Both improved techniques and adjuvant therapies have led to accepted success rates of greater than 90%. As management has evolved, shorter hospitalizations have been required and the goal of this study is to analyze the outcomes of patients repaired on an outpatient basis vs those managed as inpatients postoperatively. METHODS: Patients undergoing endoscopic repair of CSF rhinorrhea between 2004 and 2014 were identified by review of medical records...
September 14, 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Masatoshi Yunoki, Kenta Suzuki, Atsuhito Uneda, Kimihiro Yoshino
BACKGROUND: Olfactory neuroblastoma (ONB) is a rare, aggressive tumor of the nasal cavity. It may invade the paranasal cavities and anterior skull base locally but may also metastasize to the cervical lymph nodes, lungs, or distant central nervous system. CASE DESCRIPTION: Here, we report a case of ONB in which emergency surgery was performed for intradural spinal metastasis (ISM). The patient was a 52-year-old male who underwent surgery for ONB. The tumor extended from the nasal cavity to the intracranial space and was resected completely...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
R S Satter, S H Shantana, D S Asif, K Bhowmick, S S Gaddam
Extradural and epicranial pneumatocele is a rare condition. It may complicate with CSF rhinorrhoea and meningitis which can have a fatal outcome. We present a case of delayed post-operative extradural and epicranial pneumatocele in the frontal region following primary repair of the anterior skull base for a traumatic compound craniofacial injury with CSF leakage. There was no evidence of meningitis or raised ICP. As the patient was neurologically stable; he was managed conservatively and had a spontaneous resolution of the pneumatocele...
July 2016: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
Soroush Larjani, Eric Monteiro, Ian Witterick, Allan Vescan, Gelareh Zadeh, Fred Gentili, David P Goldstein, John R de Almeida
BACKGROUND: The Skull Base Inventory (SBI) was developed to assess the quality of life of patients undergoing endoscopic or open approaches for anterior and central skull base pathologies. In this study, we sought to establish the discriminative and evaluative properties for this instrument. METHODS: The SBI was administered in a cross-sectional fashion to patients who previously had skull base surgery after treatment and then again 2 weeks after completing the instrument...
2016: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
Noritaka Komune, Satoshi Matsuo, Koichi Miki, Albert L Rhoton
OBJECTIVE The application of the endoscope in the lateral skull base increases the importance of the middle ear cavity as the corridor to the skull base. The aim of this study was to define the middle ear as a route to the fundus (lateral end) of the internal acoustic canal and to propose feasible landmarks to the fundus. METHODS This was a cadaveric study; 34 adult cadaveric temporal bones and 2 dry bones were dissected with the aid of the endoscope and microscope to show the anatomy of the transcanal approach to the middle ear and fundus of the internal acoustic canal...
September 2, 2016: Journal of Neurosurgery
Jed H Assam, Thomas H Quinn, Oleg N Militsakh
INTRODUCTION: Variations in the operative situation for complex head and neck defect reconstructions resulting from mechanisms such as trauma, oncologic resection, and prior radiation exposure can result in situations of a vessel-depleted neck. This requires an awareness of alternate, innovative options for use in reconstructive repairs. The purpose of this study was to provide characterization of the third segment of the maxillary artery necessary to consider its use as a recipient vessel in free flap repair of complex midface defects...
August 29, 2016: Microsurgery
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