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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315176/symptom-burden-and-life-challenges-reported-by-adult-chordoma-patients-and-their-caregivers
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Paula H Song, Hadi Beyhaghi, Josh Sommer, Antonia V Bennett
PURPOSE: This study aims to characterize the symptom burden and life challenges that chordoma patients and their caregivers experience. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study, we analyzed data from the Chordoma Foundation online community survey conducted in 2014. Frequency counts and percentages were calculated to determine the prevalence of self-reported symptoms and life challenges in the sample. We used Fisher's exact test to compare self-reported symptoms among subgroups with different disease status, tumor locations, and treatments received...
March 17, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314406/the-role-of-targeted-therapy-in-the-management-of-sinonasal-malignancies
#2
REVIEW
Lawrence Kashat, Christopher H Le, Alexander G Chiu
Cancers develop secondary to genetic and epigenetic changes that provide the cell with a survival advantage that promotes cellular immortality. Malignancy arises when tumors use mechanisms to evade detection and destruction by the immune system. Many malignancies seem to elicit an immune response, yet somehow manage to avoid destruction by the cells of the immune system. Cancers may evade this immune response by numerous mechanisms. Several targeted immune therapies are available that block some of these inhibitory signals and enhance the cell-mediated immune response...
April 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314404/the-role-of-robotic-surgery-in-sinonasal-and-ventral-skull-base-malignancy
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REVIEW
Ralph Abi Hachem, Sanjeet Rangarajan, Andre Beer-Furlan, Daniel Prevedello, Enver Ozer, Ricardo L Carrau
Over the past decade, robotic surgery has gained wide popularity, making a significant impact on multiple surgical specialties. In the head and neck arena, transoral robotic surgery has proven to be safe and associated with acceptable oncological and superior functional outcomes for surgery of the oropharynx, hypopharynx, supraglottis, and glottis; thus, changing the paradigm for the management of tumors in these anatomic locations. Robotic surgery of the ventral skull base is at an early stage of development...
April 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314403/management-of-cavernous-sinus-involvement-in-sinonasal-and-ventral-skull-base-malignancies
#4
REVIEW
Amol Raheja, William T Couldwell
Cavernous sinus (CS) involvement by sinonasal and ventral skull base malignancies is infrequently encountered in neurosurgical practice. Despite advancements in skull base microneurosurgery and endoscopic techniques, detailed knowledge and experience of the surgical management of these lesions are limited. This article elaborates on surgical strategies and approaches for CS involvement of malignant ventral skull base tumors. The article discusses the indications, techniques, nuances, advantages, limitations, and complications of minimally invasive CS biopsy, transcranial microscopic, and transfacial endoscopic approaches to the CS using illustrative diagrams and operative videos...
April 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314399/staging-of-sinonasal-and-ventral-skull-base-malignancies
#5
REVIEW
Dipan D Desai, Bryan M Brandon, Elizabeth L Perkins, Charles S Ebert, Adam M Zanation, Brian D Thorp
Tremendous pathologic diversity among sinonasal and ventral skull base malignancies complicates development of a uniform and prognostically relevant staging system. Because of the comparatively low incidence of these tumors, comprehensive evaluation and comparison of specific staging systems is difficult. The current American Joint Committee on Cancer TNM staging system for sinonasal malignancies is the most common and widely used system in current clinical practice. Alternative systems have been proposed for use with individual histopathologic subtypes...
April 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314398/evaluation-of-patients-with-sinonasal-and-ventral-skull-base-malignancies
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REVIEW
Satish Govindaraj, Alfred M Iloreta, Charles C L Tong, Juan C Hernandez-Prera
A wide variety of tumors present in the sinonasal and ventral skull base. Patients often have nonspecific symptoms initially and present with advanced tumors, affecting the orbit and other adjacent structures. Evaluation of these malignancies with modern imaging techniques can define tumor invasion, but biopsy is often required to establish a diagnosis because most have a nonspecific appearance. A thorough understanding of the anatomy is the key to treatment planning, and a multidisciplinary approach determines the optimal strategy...
April 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299533/clival-paragangliomas-a-report-of-two-cases-involving-the-midline-skull-base-and-review-of-the-literature
#7
Jacob Ruzevick, Eun Kyung Koh, Luis F Gonzalez-Cuyar, Patrick J Cimino, Kristen Moe, Lorena A Wright, Richard Failor, Manuel Ferreira
Head and neck paragangliomas are rare neuroendocrine tumors that arise from paraganglion cells of the parasympathetic nervous system. Paragangliomas arising from the midline skull base have only rarely been reported. Surgery is the mainstay of treatment and adjuvant radiation is often recommended. These tumors can rarely secrete metanephrines and normetanephrines which can complicate operative management. Here we present two cases of clival paragangliomas with unique clinical presentations and review the previous literature on skull base paragangliomas...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293782/baha-implant-as-a-hearing-solution-for-single-sided-deafness-after-retrosigmoid-approach-for-the-vestibular-schwannoma-surgical-results
#8
Jan Boucek, Jan Vokral, Libor Cerny, Martin Chovanec, Jiří Skrivan, Eduard Zverina, Jan Betka, Michal Zabrodsky
Skull base tumors and, in particular, vestibular schwannoma (VS) are among the etiological reasons for single-sided deafness (SSD). Patients with SSD have problems in understanding speech in a noisy environment and cannot localize the direction of sounds. Baha is one of the most frequently used systems for SSD compensation. Out of 38 patients with SSD after retrosigmoid removal of VS who underwent testing with Baha softband, 16 were satisfied and were indicated for Baha implantation. Two surgical approaches have been used-the Nijmegen linear incision technique with subdermal thinning (Group I, implant BI300) and fast surgery technique without subdermal thinning (Group II, implant BIA400)...
March 14, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291218/-endoscopic-transnasal-surgery-for-giant-fibrous-dysplasia-of-the-skull-base-spreading-to-the-right-orbital-cavity-and-nasopharynx-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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A N Shkarubo, A Yu Lubnin, E Yu Bukharin, L V Shishkina, D N Andreev, K V Koval', I V Chernov, V V Karnaukhov
BACKGROUND: An extended endoscopic endonasal approach is increasingly used in surgical treatment of space-occupying skull base lesions. The international literature reports only 20 cases of surgical treatment for fibrous dysplasia (PD) of the skull base using the endoscopic endonasal approach. We present our experience with the endoscopic endonasal approach in surgical treatment for giant fibrous dysplasia of the skull base, spreading to the right orbital cavity and nasopharynx. CLINICAL CASE: A 26-year-old male patient presented with cranial pain, Vth nerve dysfunction on the right, right keratopathy...
2017: Zhurnal Voprosy Neĭrokhirurgii Imeni N. N. Burdenko
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28284576/hemostasis-in-endoscopic-endonasal-skull-base-surgery-using-the-aquamantys-bipolar-sealer-technical-note
#10
Richard Bram, Susan Fiore, Daryl McHugh, Ghassan J Samara, Raphael P Davis
BACKGROUND: A major challenge during endoscopic transsphenoidal surgery is adequate intraoperative hemostasis. The Aquamantys® is a relatively new bipolar sealing device which uses radiofrequency energy and saline. This promotes hemostasis while decreasing charring and thermal spread. In this paper, we describe our experience with the Aquamantys® Mini EVS 3.4 Epidural Vein Sealer Bipolar Electrocautery System (Medtronic Advanced Energy, Portsmouth, NH, USA) during endoscopic surgery for tumors of the skull base with particular attention to ergonomic benefits and technical nuances...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277484/delayed-breakdown-of-an-onlay-pericranial-flap-following-endoscopic-craniofacial-resection
#11
Xu Xinni, Sein Lwin, Yew Kwang Ong
The pericranial flap is a well-vascularized, robust flap that is used to reconstruct anterior skull base defects following resection of skull base tumors. Failure of this flap is uncommon. However when it occurs, the consequences are potentially disastrous and it poses a challenge to further reconstruction. The authors report the first patient of onlay pericranial flap breakdown following endoscopic craniofacial resection. Possible contributing factors are identified and further management is discussed. With the endoscopic approach being increasingly utilized for craniofacial resection, it is imperative to be mindful of these factors to minimize the risks of onlay pericranial flap failure...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263728/is-there-a-role-for-craniofacial-surgery-in-the-treatment-of-extensive-or-recurrent-head-and-neck-tumors-involving-the-cranial-base
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Chunyue Ma, Jun Li, Yi Shen, Yiqun Wu, Runjie Shi, Jian Sun
PURPOSE: Extensive or recurrent head and neck tumors involving the cranial base are extremely difficult to treat from a surgical perspective. The purposes of this study were to estimate and identify factors associated with overall survival after traditional craniofacial resection in these cases and to discuss the specific indications and treatment outcomes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2014, a retrospective cohort study was performed with the analysis of patients diagnosed with extensive or recurrent head and neck tumors extending to the skull base...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255973/chondromyxoid-fibroma-of-the-skull-base-our-experience-with-an-elusive-disease
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Giancarlo D'Andrea, Alessandro Pesce, Guido Trasimeni, Venceslao Wierzbicki, Veronica Picotti, Alessandra Serraino, Riccardo Caruso
Chondromyxoid fibroma (CMF) is an extremely rare lesion of the skull base. This histologic type typically predilects metaphysis of the long bones. It is locally invasive/infiltrative, and this tendency is more concerning in the skull base, where a radical resection is often technically impossible because of the presence of vital neurovascular structures. We present a case of a 19-year-old woman who presented with a sudden onset of right facial weakness, progressively worsening to a severe disfiguring motor weakness...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254539/video-is-part-of-the-ms-three-layer-reconstruction-with-iliotibial-tract-after-endoscopic-resection-of-sinonasal-tumors-technical-note
#14
Davide Mattavelli, Alberto Schreiber, Marco Ferrari, Remo Accorona, Andrea Bolzoni Villaret, Paolo Battaglia, Paolo Castelnuovo, Piero Nicolai
INTRODUCTION: Watertight reconstruction to separate the intradural compartment from the sinonasal cavities is crucial after endoscopic resection with transnasal craniectomy (ERTC) for naso-ethmoidal tumors. Three-layer reconstruction with the iliotibial tract (TRITT) is a safe and reliable alternative when vascularized flaps are not available. SURGICAL TECHNIQUE: The iliotibial tract graft is harvested on the lateral aspect of the thigh and divided in three portions, which are positioned in a multi-layered fashion to close the skull base defect...
February 22, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28249647/a-clinicopathologic-study-on-ss18-fusion-positive-head-and-neck-synovial-sarcomas
#15
Adepitan A Owosho, Cherry L Estilo, Evan B Rosen, SaeHee K Yom, Joseph M Huryn, Cristina R Antonescu
OBJECTIVE: To determine clinicopathologic factors on survival in patients with head and neck synovial sarcoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively identified patients with molecularly confirmed synovial sarcomas of the head and neck (SS-HN), either by the presence of SS18-SSX fusion transcript by RT-PCR or SS18 gene rearrangement by FISH, who were managed at our institution over a 20-year period (1996-2015). Kaplan-Meier survival analysis and log-rank test were performed to evaluate variables related to disease specific survival (DSS)...
March 2017: Oral Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247842/leukemia-inhibitory-factor-promotes-aggressiveness-of-chordoma
#16
Sukru Gulluoglu, Mesut Sahin, Emre Can Tuysuz, Cumhur Kaan Yaltirik, Aysegul Kuskucu, Ferda Ozkan, Fikrettin Sahin, Ugur Ture, Omer Faruk Bayrak
Chordomas are rare tumors of the spine and skull base that are locally destructive and resistant to chemo- and radiation therapy, with a poor prognosis and limited therapeutic options. Chordoma patients have a long life expectancy with high mortality from the disease. Cancer stem cells, which are known to exist in chordomas, have extensive proliferative and self-renewal potential, and are responsible for maintaining tumor heterogeneity along with chemotherapy and radiotherapy resistance. The leukemia inhibitory factor has multiple functions in stem-cell biology, the immune response, and cancer, and is potentially a key molecule that allows cancer stem cells to self-renew...
February 28, 2017: Oncology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247233/update-from-the-4th-edition-of-the-world-health-organization-classification-of-head-and-neck-tumours-tumors-of-the-nasal-cavity-paranasal-sinuses-and-skull-base
#17
Edward B Stelow, Justin A Bishop
The sinonasal tract remains an epicenter of a diverse array of neoplasia. This paper discusses changes to the WHO classification system of tumors involving this area. In particular, seromucinous hamartoma, NUT carcinoma, biphenotypic sinonasal sarcoma, HPV-related carcinoma with adenoid cystic features, SMARCB1-deficient carcinoma, and renal cell-like adenocarcinoma are discussed.
March 2017: Head and Neck Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230588/how-to-expose-the-entire-sella-floor-with-minimal-manipulation-during-an-endoscopic-endonasal-transsphenoidal-approach
#18
Do Hyun Kim, Yong-Kil Hong, Sin-Soo Jeun, Yong Jin Park, Soo Whan Kim, Jin Hee Cho, Boo-Young Kim, Sung Won Kim
OBJECTIVE: A method of opening the posterior ethmoid air cells with minimal manipulation is important for adequate exposure of the sella floor and minimal nasal morbidity. METHODS: Between February 2009 and August 2016, 373 patients with skull-base tumors underwent surgery via endoscopic endonasal transsphenoidal approach with the 2-nostrils/4-hands technique using this technique. RESULTS: A linear incision was made laterally toward one-third of the superior turbinate along the superior border of the sphenoid sinus ostium...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229440/-asymptomatic-skull-base-metastases-clinical-course-and-therapeutic-alternatives
#19
A Vargas, C Paulazo, L Oleaga, E Verger
INTRODUCTION: Skull base metastases (SBM) are an infrequent and late type of cancer progression that are associated to poor prognosis. Its clinical manifestations may be grouped in five clinical syndromes and radiotherapy is its more frequent treatment. Because of the improvement in imaging tests and the close follow up of cancer patients, SBM can be diagnosed incidentally. In this group the best option of treatment has not been established. AIM: To analyze the clinical features and outcomes of patients with SBM diagnosed incidentally...
March 1, 2017: Revista de Neurologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229035/imaging-and-outcomes-for-a-new-entity-low-grade-sinonasal-sarcoma-with-neural-and-myogenic-features
#20
Richard B Cannon, Richard H Wiggins, Benjamin L Witt, Yusuf Dundar, Tawni M Johnston, Jason P Hunt
Objectives Low-grade sinonasal sarcoma with neural and myogenic features (LGSSNMF) is a new, rare tumor. Our goal is to describe the imaging characteristics and surgical outcomes of this unique skull base malignancy. Design Retrospective case series. Setting Academic medical center. Participants There were three patients who met inclusion criteria with a confirmed LGSSNMF. Main Outcome Measures Imaging and histopathological characteristics, treatments, survival and recurrence outcomes, complications, morbidity, and mortality...
January 2017: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
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