Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part B, Skull Base
Georg Thieme Verlag KG
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Retrosigmoid Suprameatal Approach for Resection of Petrotentorial Cerebellopontine Angle Meningioma: Operative Video and Technical Nuances
Volume: 80, Issue: Suppl 3
DOI 10.1055/s-0039-1685532
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Abstract

Meningiomas are the second most common tumor to arise in the cerebellopontine angle. In this operative video atlas manuscript, the authors demonstrate a step-by-step technique for microsurgical resection of a petrotentorial meningioma in the cerebellopontine angle via a retrosigmoid suprameatal approach. Drilling of the hyperostotic suprameatal tubercle was necessary to gain access to the dural origin and anterior petrosal extent of the tumor. The nuances of microsurgical and skull base technique are illustrated including microsurgical dissection of the tumor away from the brainstem and neurovascular structures, facial nerve preservation, and fat graft-assisted Medpor Titan reconstruction to prevent cerebrospinal fluid leakage. A gross total resection was achieved, and the patient was neurologically intact. In summary, the retrosigmoid suprameatal approach is an important strategy in the armamentarium for surgical management of petrotentorial meningiomas in the cerebellopontine angle.

The link to the video can be found at: https://youtu.be/kwQP6BSYK7U .

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Liu and Dodson: Retrosigmoid Suprameatal Approach for Resection of Petrotentorial Cerebellopontine Angle Meningioma: Operative Video and Technical Nuances

Preoperative post-gadolinium T1-weighted MRI (
a
, axial view;
b
, coronal view) demonstrates left petrotentorial meningioma with brainstem compression. Postoperative MRI at 3 months (
c
, axial view;
d
, coronal view) shows no recurrence or residual tumor.
Fig. 1
Preoperative post-gadolinium T1-weighted MRI ( a , axial view; b , coronal view) demonstrates left petrotentorial meningioma with brainstem compression. Postoperative MRI at 3 months ( c , axial view; d , coronal view) shows no recurrence or residual tumor.

(
a
) Intraoperative photograph showing drilling of the suprameatal tubercle to gain access to the anterior petrosal portion of the tumor. (
b
) View of resection bed exposing cranial nerves V to VIII.
Fig. 2
( a ) Intraoperative photograph showing drilling of the suprameatal tubercle to gain access to the anterior petrosal portion of the tumor. ( b ) View of resection bed exposing cranial nerves V to VIII.

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Conflict of Interest: None declared.
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