Endoscopic resection of a venous hemangioma of the optic nerve sheath

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
Ear, nose, & throat journal (Impact Factor: 1). 10/2005; 84(9):586, 588, 590 passim.
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We describe a case of a venous hemangioma that arose in the optic nerve sheath of the orbital apex in a 28-year-old man who presented with progressive vision loss. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of a venous hemangioma occurring at this location. A definitive diagnosis and partial excision was achieved via an endoscopic transsphenoethmoid approach with interactive, computer-assisted, frameless stereotactic surgical navigation. The intervention resulted in minimal morbidity, demonstrating yet again that this surgical approach is a safe and effective way to treat lesions of the orbital apex.

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