Cardboard dural retractor for drilling of the sphenoid wing in the pterional approach

ArticleinSurgical Neurology 72(3):276-7 · February 2009with10 Reads
Impact Factor: 1.67 · DOI: 10.1016/j.surneu.2008.08.006 · Source: PubMed


    In the pterional approach, adequate removal of the sphenoid wing is essential. For safe drilling of the medial part, the dura beside the wing is usually retracted with a metal instrument and damage to the instrument may occur. We developed an alternative retraction method that uses a cardboard shield.
    Before drilling the medial part of the sphenoid wing, a cardboard shield featuring a notch and a bend in its center is prepared. The notch is inserted between the wing to be drilled and the dura.
    The shield retracted the dura beside the wing effectively and provided sufficient space for the diamond drill bit. It held up to the drilling and protected the dura.
    This simple method provides a safe adequate operative field without involving additional instruments or expenditures.