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Posterior Skull Base

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
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
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
Yuankai Huo, Andrew J Asman, Andrew J Plassard, Bennett A Landman
Total intracranial volume (TICV) is an essential covariate in brain volumetric analyses. The prevalent brain imaging software packages provide automatic TICV estimates. FreeSurfer and FSL estimate TICV using a scaling factor while SPM12 accumulates probabilities of brain tissues. None of the three provide explicit skull/CSF boundary (SCB) since it is challenging to distinguish these dark structures in a T1-weighted image. However, explicit SCB not only leads to a natural way of obtaining TICV (i.e., counting voxels inside the skull) but also allows sub-definition of TICV, for example, the posterior fossa volume (PFV)...
October 11, 2016: Human Brain Mapping
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
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
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
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
Martin M Mortazavi, Marcus A Cox, Erfanul Saker, Sanjay Krishnamurthy, Ketan Verma, Christoph J Griessenauer, Marios Loukas, Rod J Oskouian, R Shane Tubbs
The superior petrosal sinus is located between the middle and posterior cranial fossae and is important during many neurosurgical approaches to the skull base. Using standard search engines, the anatomical and clinical importance of the superior petrosal sinus was investigated. The superior petrosal sinus is important in many neurosurgical approaches and pathological entities. Therefore, it is important for those who operate at the skull base or interpret imaging here to have a good working knowledge of its anatomy, development, and pathological involvement...
September 19, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
Hiroto Ichishima
A cribriform plate, a perpendicular plate, and two lateral masses are major components of the ethmoid bone of mammals. Notwithstanding the noticeable bone, virtually sitting in the center of the skull, extensive modifications of the skull of modern cetaceans, especially odontocetes (toothed whales), and the lack of clarity as to what characteristics delimit each element of the ethmoid has made the problem of the nature of the cetacean ethmoid more complicated and elusive than in other, less modified mammals...
September 19, 2016: Journal of Morphology
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
David J Noble, Daniel Scoffings, Thankamma Ajithkumar, Michael V Williams, Sarah J Jefferies
OBJECTIVE: There is no consensus approach to covering skull base meningeal reflections-and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) therein-of the posterior fossa cranial nerves (CNs VII-XII) when planning radiotherapy (RT) for medulloblastoma and ependymoma. We sought to determine whether MRI and specifically fast imaging employing steady-state acquisition (FIESTA) sequences can answer this anatomical question and guide RT planning. METHODS: 96 posterior fossa FIESTA sequences were reviewed...
September 29, 2016: British Journal of Radiology
Saleem I Abdulrauf, Ahmed M Ashour, Eric Marvin, Jeroen Coppens, Brian Kang, Tze Yu Yeh Hsieh, Breno Nery, Juan R Penanes, Aysha K Alsahlawi, Shawn Moore, Hussam Abou Al-Shaar, Joanna Kemp, Kanika Chawla, Nanthiya Sujijantarat, Alaa Najeeb, Nadeem Parkar, Vilaas Shetty, Tina Vafaie, Jastin Antisdel, Tony A Mikulec, Randall Edgell, Jonathan Lebovitz, Matt Pierson, Paulo Henrique Pires de Aguiar, Paula Buchanan, Angela Di Cosola, George Stevens
INTRODUCTION: Numerical classification systems for the internal carotid artery (ICA) are available, but modifications have added confusion to the numerical systems. Furthermore, previous classifications may not be applicable uniformly to microsurgical and endoscopic procedures. The purpose of this study was to develop a clinically useful classification system. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed cadaver dissections of the ICA in 5 heads (10 sides) and evaluated 648 internal carotid arteries with computed tomography angiography...
July 2016: Journal of Craniovertebral Junction and Spine
Giannicola Iannella, Alessandra Manno, Emanuela Pasqualitto, Andrea Ciofalo, Diletta Angeletti, Benedetta Pasquariello, Giuseppe Magliulo
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage of the temporal bone region is defined as abnormal communications between the subarachnoidal space and the air-containing spaces of the temporal bone. CSF leak remains one of the most frequent complications after VS surgery. Radiotherapy is considered a predisposing factor for development of temporal bone CSF leak because it may impair dural repair mechanisms, thus causing inadequate dural sealing. The authors describe the case of a 47-year-old man with a massive effusion of CSF which extended from the posterior and lateral skull base to the first cervical vertebrae; this complication appeared after a partial enucleation of a vestibular schwannoma (VS) with subsequent radiation treatment and second operation with total VS resection...
2016: Case Reports in Otolaryngology
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
Ethan Bassett, Alexander Farag, Alfred Iloreta, Christopher Farrell, James Evans, Marc Rosen, Ameet Singh, Gurston Nyquist
BACKGROUND: The nasoseptal flap (NSF) is commonly used to repair skull base defects via a transnasal endoscopic approach. The original description of the technique includes 2 parallel incisions that follow the sagittal plane of the septum. We describe a novel modification to the traditional NSF that allows coverage along the posterior wall of the frontal sinus. METHODS: In addition to the 2 sagittal incisions, a third incision is made between these coursing along the maxillary crest from the posterior edge to the midportion of the flap...
August 22, 2016: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
Julie Leviter, Daniel H Wiznia
Manipulation of vagal nerve rootlets, whether surgical or through mass effect of a neoplasm, can result in asystole and hypotension, accompanied by ST depression and right bundle branch block. There are few case reports of a neoplasm causing these effects, and this case describes a patient with such a mass presenting with syncopal episodes. A 43-year-old man with a past medical history of HIV, bipolar disorder, and epilepsy was admitted to the neurology service for a video electroencephalogram (vEEG) to characterize syncopal episodes that were felt to be epileptic in origin...
2016: Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
P Wu, Z Y Yang, Y Liu, Y Li, Y H Tan
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the impact of maxillofacial injury on skull base. METHODS: A three-dimensional(3D)finite-element model of cranio-maxillofacial bone was established by CT scan data. A lead cylinder in base diameter of 3 cm was designed as an impactor. There regions(upper right maxilla, left infraorbital margin and left zygomatic body)subjected to an impact at the speed of 8.6 m/s(about 30 km/h)was simulated. Thirteen landmarks at the skull base were selected...
August 2016: Zhonghua Kou Qiang Yi Xue za Zhi, Zhonghua Kouqiang Yixue Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Stomatology
R Jankowski, C Perrot, D T Nguyen, C Rumeau
CONTEXT: According to evo-devo theory, the embryonic development of the nasal organ mimics its phylontogenic formation: the lateral masses of the human ethmoid bone develop by curved "onion" stacking of the endoturbinals (the horizontal bone septa of the mammalian olfactory chamber) under the impact of facial and skull-base remodeling, rather than by pneumatization of cavities communicating via ostia. OBJECTIVES: To assess the frequency of the onion structure on coronal CT...
August 5, 2016: European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases
R S Dzhindzhikhadze, O N Dreval', V A Lazarev, R L Kambiev
UNLABELLED: Progress in microneurosurgical techniques, neuroanesthesiology, and intraoperative imaging enables surgery using small incisions and craniotomy, in accordance with the keyhole surgery concept. Supraorbital craniotomy is the most widespread minimally invasive approach. There are a number of supraorbital craniotomy modifications, regarding different soft tissue incisions and the extent of craniotomy. We present the first results of using mini-orbitozygomatic craniotomy for aneurysms of the anterior circle of Willis and space-occupying lesions of the anterior and middle cranial fossae performed through an eyebrow incision...
2016: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
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