Neuronavigation using an image-guided endoscopic transnasal-sphenoethmoidal approach to clival chordomas.
ABSTRACT Surgical approaches described for resection of clival tumors have been complicated, extensive, traumatic, and invasive. They are also associated with significant mortality and morbidity rates. We describe a minimally invasive, endoscopic transsphenoidal surgical treatment for clival tumors.
Three men, aged 43, 46, and 66 years, each presented with a history of headaches, diplopia, and multiple cranial nerve deficits. All preoperative magnetic resonance imaging scans showed large clival tumors. A neuronavigational image-guided endoscopic transnasal-sphenoethmoidal approach was performed to resect the clival tumors.
All three patients had near-total removal of clival tumors using this method, and the histology revealed chordomas. They underwent postoperative adjuvant radiotherapy. No complications were encountered. All patients were able to resume their usual activities on the same day after surgery. Furthermore, this technique greatly reduced patient discomfort, hastened recovery, and shortened the hospital stay.
The neuronavigation image-guided transsphenoidal approach is a viable, minimally invasive alternative for surgical treatment of clival tumors.
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ABSTRACT: Objectives To present a critical evaluation of our experience using an expanded endoscopic endonasal approach (EEEA) to clival lesions and evaluate, based on the location of residual tumor, what the anatomic limitations to the approach are. Design A retrospective review of all endoscopic endonasal operations performed at our institution identified 19 patients with lesions involving the clivus. Extent of resection was determined by preoperative and postoperative tumor volumes. Results Three patients underwent planned subtotal resections. Of the remaining patients, gross total resection was achieved in 8/16 (50%), > 95% in 5/16 (31%), and < 95% in 3/16 (19%). Residual tumor occurred, most commonly with extension posterior and lateral to the internal carotid artery, with inferior, lateral invasion of the occipital condyle and with deep inferior extension to the midportion of the dens. Conclusions The EEEA represents a safe and effective technique for the resection of clival lesions. Despite excellent overall visualization of this region we found that adequate exposure of the most lateral and inferior portions of large tumors is often difficult. Knowledge of these limitations allows us to determine which tumors are best suited for an EEEA and which may be more appropriate for an open skull base or combined technique.08/2013; 74(4):217-24. DOI:10.1055/s-0033-1342915
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