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Letter of response to: spheno-orbital meningiomas

Letter of response to: spheno-orbital meningiomas
Jonathan Shapey
&K. Barkas
&J. Jung
&R. Gullan
&S. Barazi
&R. Bentley
&C. Huppa
&N. W. Thomas
Received: 8 October 2019 /Accepted: 8 October 2019
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Dear editor,
We are grateful to Professors Amirjamshidi and
Abbassioun for their comments on our research and for draw-
ing attention to their work. We were not previously aware of
this study and acknowledge that we could have included it in
our bibliography of related literature.
However, there are several points ofdifference between our
study and that of Amirjamshidi et al.s[1]. Firstly, their defi-
nition of a spheno-orbital meningioma only included those
patients with en plaquedisease involving the bone. The
authors comment that in some cases soft tumour tissue extend-
ed extracranially beneath the temporalis muscle, but there is
no mention of intradural involvement. In contrast, all patients
in our study had an intradural tumour, often associated with
bony disease. We agree with Amirjamshidi and Abbassioun
that a standard pterional approach is not as effective as an
orbitozygomatic craniotomy or lateral orbitotomy when trying
to access the superior orbital fissure or when inferior drilling is
required for tumour removal. However, performing surgery
via a small lateral orbitotomy approach would not have been
appropriate for our patients because of the difficulty in achiev-
ing adequate intradural tumour resection when approaching
the tumour from below, and the difficulty in achieving ade-
quate decompression of the optic nerve via this approach. The
incidence of post-operative visual deficit (25%) and
enophthalmos (5.3%) was also higher in Amirjamshidi
et al.s study which may have resulted from a more restricted
In conclusion, we maintain that a standard or modified
mini-orbitozygomatic craniotomy allows the optimum access
to larger tumours, particularly those with intradural involve-
ment and those with visual problems, and that good cosmetic
outcomes may be achieved when combining this approach
with the use of custom-made implants [2].
1. Amirjamshidi A, Abbasioun K, Amiri RS, Ardalan A, Hashemi
SMR (2015) Lateral orbitotomy approach for removing
hyperostosing en plaque sphenoid wing meningiomas. Description
of surgical strategy and analysis of findings in a series of 88 patients
with long-term follow up. Surg Neurol Int 6:79
2. Shapey J, Jung J, Barkas K, Gullan R, Barazi S, Bentley R, Huppa C,
Thomas NW (2019) A single centres experience of managing
spheno-orbital meningiomas: lessons for recurrent tumour surgery.
Acta Neurochir 161(8):16571667
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This article is part of the Topical Collection on Tumor - Meningioma
*Jonathan Shapey
Department of Neurosurgery, Kings College Hospital, London SE5
Department of Neurosurgery, Hellenic Red Cross Hospital,
Athens, Greece
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, KingsCollege
Hospital, London, UK
Acta Neurochirurgica (2019) 161:2571
/Published online: 9 November 2019
... Intradural extension may be in various forms from a thin lesion to the large en-plaque meningiomas. Hyperostosis is commonly seen in whole skull base but especially involve the walls of superior orbital fissure (SOF) and optic canal (OC) (1,13,19). The d ifferential diagnosis includes osteoma, fibrous dysplasia and osteoblastic metastasis of the skull (20). ...
... Intradural and extradural approach with large frontotempotal craniotomy is the main technique for surgical removal of SOM (1,4). But frontotemporal craniotomy is usually difficult in these patients because of hypertrophic sphenoid wing and temporal bone. ...
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