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endoscopic endonasal skull base

Douglas A Hardesty, Daniel M Prevedello
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March 15, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
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
Srikant Chakravarthi, Alejandro Monroy-Sosa, Lior Gonen, Melanie Fukui, Richard Rovin, Nathaniel Kojis, Mark Lindsay, Sammy Khalili, Juanita Celix, Martin Corsten, Amin Kassam
Endoscopic endonasal access to the jugular foramen and occipital condyle-the transcondylar- transtubercular approach-is anatomically complex and requires detailed knowledge of the relative position of critical neurovascular structures, in order to avoid inadvertent injury and resultant complications. However, access to this region can be confusing as the orientation and relationships of osseous, vascular, and neural structures are very much different from traditional dorsal approaches. This review aims at providing an organizational construct for a more understandable framework in accessing the transcondylar-transtubercular window...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Rodrigo Fernandez-Gajardo, Joao Paulo Almeida, Suganth Suppiah, Ian Witterick, Gelareh Zadeh
BACKGROUND: Skull base meningoencephaloceles are a rare condition, frequently secondary to traumatic or iatrogenic causes. Cerebrofacial arteriovenous metameric syndrome (CAMS) is characterized by the presence of retinal, facial and cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) with metameric distribution. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case associating these two conditions. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 45 years old female previously diagnosed with CAMS type 2 presented with a long history of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) rhinorrhea...
March 3, 2018: World Neurosurgery
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
Silky Chotai, Yi Liu, Songtao Qi
The lesions involving cavernous sinus (CS) and lateral sellar region includes tumors, vascular lesions, infection, inflammation, and trauma. Tumors associated with CS cause significant distortion of the microanatomy posing an additional surgical challenge to the neurosurgeons. The surgical approach and microsurgical anatomy with respect to the origin and growth of the tumor within the CS region have not been comprehensively described in recent years. We conducted a review of literature concerning CS and associated tumors, complied through MEDLINE/OVID and using cross-references of articles on PubMed with the keywords cavernous sinus, CS tumors, pituitary adenoma, meningioma, schwannoma, chordoma, CS hemangiomas, extradural, interdural, intradural, skull base, gamma knife radiosurgery, endoscopic endonasal approach...
January 2018: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
Brandon Lucke-Wold, Erik C Brown, Justin S Cetas, Aclan Dogan, Sachin Gupta, Timothy E Hullar, Timothy L Smith, Jeremy N Ciporen
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks occur in approximately 10% of patients undergoing a translabyrinthine, retrosigmoid, or middle fossa approach for vestibular schwannoma resection. Cerebrospinal fluid rhinorrhea also results from trauma, neoplasms, and congenital defects. A high degree of difficulty in repair sometimes requires repetitive microsurgical revisions-a rate of 10% of cases is often cited. This can not only lead to morbidity but is also costly and burdensome to the health care system. In this case-based theoretical analysis, the authors summarize the literature regarding endoscopic endonasal techniques to obliterate the eustachian tube (ET) as well as compare endoscopic endonasal versus open approaches for repair...
March 2018: Neurosurgical Focus
Murat Kutlay, Abdullah Durmaz, İlker Özer, Cahit Kural, Çağlar Temiz, Serdar Kaya, İlker Solmaz, Mehmet Daneyemez, Yusuf Izci
OBJECTIVE: With the use of multiple endoscopic endonasal surgical corridors, extended endoscopic endonasal approaches (EEEAs) are now being used to treat a wide range of ventral skull base lesions. Our aim was to present our experience with EEEAs to the ventral skull base lesions. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study group consisted of 106 patients (57 men and 49 women) who underwent surgery for skull base lesions using EEEAs from 2010 to 2017. The EEEA was most commonly used for giant pituitary macroadenomas, sinonasal malignancies, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leaks, meningiomas, craniopharyngiomas, and fibro-osseous lesions...
February 21, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Melissa M Stamates, John M Lee, Ryan T Merrell, Michael J Shinners, Ricky H Wong
In the absence of significant extracranial disease, patients with solitary brain metastases have shown benefit with resection. Brain lesions due to endometrial cancer are uncommon, and the only described skull base involvement is limited to the pituitary gland. We report the case of a 60-year-old female with endometrial cancer who presented with weeks of right cheek pain and numbness that was accompanied by headaches. We describe the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings and surgical resection of a solitary endometrial metastasis involving the infratemporal fossa, middle fossa, cavernous sinus, trigeminal nerve, and nasal sinuses...
January 2018: Journal of Neurological Surgery Reports
Anasuya Guha, Libor Hart, Helena Polachova, Martin Chovanec, Petr Schalek
BACKGROUND: Ameloblastoma represents the most common epithelial odontogenic tumor. Because of the proximity of the maxillary tumors to the orbit and skull base, it should be managed as radically as possible. Maxillectomy mainly via the transfacial or transoral approach represents the most common type of surgical procedure. Drawback of these approaches is limited control of the superiomedial extent of the tumour in the paranasal area. We report the use of a combined endoscopic endonasal and transoral approach to manage maxillary plexiform ameloblastoma in a 48 year old male patient...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Stomatology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Eric C Mason, Patricia A Hudgins, Gustavo Pradilla, Nelson M Oyesiku, C Arturo Solares
BACKGROUND: Endoscopic endonasal surgery of the skull base requires expert knowledge of the anatomy and a systematic approach. The vidian canal is regarded as a reliable landmark to localize the petrous internal carotid artery (pICA) near the second genu, which can be used for orientation in deep skull base approaches. There is controversy about the relationship between the vidian canal and the pICA. OBJECTIVE: To further establish the vertical relationship between the vidian canal and the pICA to aid in surgical approaches to the skull base...
February 21, 2018: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
Juan R Gras-Cabrerizo, Elena García-Garrigós, Joan R Montserrat-Gili, Juan R Gras-Albert, Rosa Mirapeix-Lucas, Humbert Massegur-Solench, Miquel Quer-Agusti
Arteries that supply the nasal septum and the lateral nasal wall include vessels that originate from the external carotid artery and from the internal carotid artery. A variety of local endonasal pedicle flaps can be used in different anatomical areas for endoscopic skull base reconstruction. The main flaps are based on terminal branches of the sphenopalatine artery and on anterior ethmoidal artery. This study will describe the anatomy of these vessels and their relationship with the main flaps.
March 2018: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Daniel H Coelho, Taylor S Pence, Mostafa Abdel-Hamid, Richard M Costanzo
OBJECTIVE: All successful endonasal surgery, including functional endoscopic sinus surgery (FESS), depends on knowledge of both anatomy and the specific variations that can occur between and within patients. Familiarity with these structures is a critical component in preventing complications from these procedures, and failure to understand subtle variation can have disastrous results. The aim of this study was to characterize the anatomical variations (if any) of the cribriform plate using a large cadaveric sample set...
February 13, 2018: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Stephen J Johans, Kevin N Swong, Daniel J Burkett, Michael P Wemhoff, Sean M Lew, Chirag R Patel, Anand V Germanwala
Superficial siderosis (SS) of the CNS is a rare and often unrecognized condition. Caused by hemosiderin deposition from chronic, repetitive hemorrhage in the subarachnoid space, it results in parenchymal damage in the subpial layers of the brain and spinal cord. T2-weighted MRI shows the characteristic hypointensity of hemosiderin deposition, classically occurring around the cerebellum, brainstem, and spinal cord. Patients present with progressive gait ataxia and sensorineural hearing impairment. Although there have been several studies, case reports, and review articles over the years, the clear pathophysiology of subarachnoid space hemorrhage remains to be elucidated...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Pediatrics
Neil Majmundar, Naveed Kamal, Renuka Reddy, Jean A Eloy, James K Liu
The endoscopic endonasal transcribriform approach (EETA) has become a useful strategy in the treatment of various anterior skull base pathology, including meningoencephaloceles, olfactory groove meningiomas, schwannomas, esthesioneuroblastomas, and other sinonasal malignancies. However, not all pathologies are optimally treated through this approach due to tumor size, extent of the lesion, vascular involvement, and the presence of intact olfaction. One must be prepared to use a transcranial approach if the EETA is not favorable...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgical Sciences
Abdulaziz A AlQahtani, Abeer A Albathi, Othman M Alhammad, Abdulkarim S Alrabie
OBJECTIVE: To study the feasibility of designing a human cadaveric simulation model of real CSF leak for rhinology training. METHOD: The laboratory investigation took place at the surgical academic center of Prince Sultan Military Medical City between 2016 and 2017. Five heads of human cadaveric specimens were cannulated into the intradural space through two frontal bone holes. Fluorescein-dyed fluid was injected intracranialy, then endoscopic endonasal iatrogenic skull base defect was created with observation of fluid leak, followed by skull base reconstruction...
February 12, 2018: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Laura Holtmann, Kerstin Stähr, Julian Kirchner, Stephan Lang, Stefan Mattheis
INTRODUCTION:  Choanal atresia is a rare abnormality. As neonates depend on transnasal respiration, bilateral choanal atresia causes an acute emergency. Transnasal endoscopic resection of congenital choanal atresia is a well-established therapy. However, the surgical technique has not yet been standardized. METHODS:  A retrospective chart review was performed with a follow-up examination between 9 to 87 months after surgery. 11 patients (7 with unilateral atresia, 4 with bilateral atresia) were included...
February 8, 2018: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
James K Liu, Zachary S Mendelson, Gurkirat Kohli, Jean Anderson Eloy
BACKGROUND: Reconstruction of large anterior skull base (ASB) defects after an endoscopic endonasal transcribriform approach (EEA-TC) remains a challenge despite the advent of the vascularized pedicled nasoseptal flap (PNSF). OBJECTIVE: We describe a relaxing PNSF slit incision that extends the anterior and posterior reach of the PNSF to maximize tensionless flap coverage of transcribriform ASB defects. METHODS: A retrospective chart review was conducted on 20 consecutive patients who underwent EEA-TC and subsequent PNSF reconstruction with a relaxing slit incision...
February 5, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Ricky H Wong
OBJECT: Middle fossa floor access can be challenging. Open skull base approaches have associated morbidity and yield suboptimal working angles around temporal lobe. Endoscopic endonasal approaches to the middle fossa are poorly described, but provide an improved angle. The author hypothesized that the length of the maxillary nerve can be transposed out of foramen rotundum in order to provide a path to expose the full width of the middle fossa floor through the anterolateral and anteromedial triangle...
February 1, 2018: World Neurosurgery
Stephen Y Kang, Antoine Eskander, Ralph Abi Hachem, Enver Ozer, Theodoros N Teknos, Matthew O Old, Daniel M Prevedello, Ricardo L Carrau
BACKGROUND: When locoregional flaps fail to reconstruct the skull base, the microvascular surgeon faces several reconstructive challenges. We present our technique and results of salvage anterior skull base reconstruction utilizing the vastus lateralis free tissue transfer (VLFTT). METHODS: Four patients with anterior skull base defects after previous locoregional flap failure underwent free tissue transfer reconstruction with VLFTT. RESULTS: The success rate of free tissue transfer was 100%...
February 6, 2018: Head & Neck
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