Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 158, Issue 12, pp 2291–2294 | Cite as

How I do it. The pedicled temporoparietal fascia flap for skull base reconstruction after endonasal endoscopic approaches

  • Mathieu Veyrat
  • Benjamin Verillaud
  • Philippe Herman
  • Damien BressonEmail author
How I Do it - Neurosurgical Techniques



Endoscopic endonasal approaches (EEA) are an alternative for removing challenging nasopharyngeal or skull base lesions. In some cases, a nasoseptal flap (NSF) is not always available and such complex procedures may lead to carotid arteries exposition and/or dura mater (DM) wide opening. Meticulous carotid coverage and DM reconstruction are crucial for preventing early and delayed complications.


We propose a step-by-step description of the pedicled temporoparietal fascia flap (TPFF) technique, with a focus on its pitfalls, advantages and limits.


The TPFF is a reliable flap for skull base reconstruction when other pedicled flaps are not available.

Key points

1. Reliable flap even for irradiated patients

2. CT angiography with 3D reconstruction as pre-operative imaging

3. Doppler ultrasound probe to draw the artery’s trajectory on skin

4. TPFF elevation concomitantly to the endoscopic procedure

5. Hemicoronal incision sufficient to harvest the TPFF

6. Superficial dissection in a plane just beneath the hair follicles

7. Dissection plane deep to the fad pad to preserve the frontal branch of the facial nerve

8. Surgical corridor wide enough to avoid any compression of the pedicle

9. Double visualization to avoid any twist and Doppler control of the STA patency

10. Close follow-up, toilet in clinics


Endoscopic surgery Skull base Temporoparietal fascia flap Dural defects Nasopharyngectomy Radiotherapy Reconstruction 


Compliance with ethical standards

Disclosure - Conflict of interest

No sponsorships or competing interests have been disclosed for this article.

Supplementary material


Step by step TPFF technique: coverage of a “type 3” rhinopharyngectomy performed for a recurrent nasopharyngeal carcinoma (left side) in a 25-year-old woman. (MOV 324810 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Hôpital Lariboisière, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de ParisUniversité Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris-CitéParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of Neurosurgery, Hôpital Lariboisière, Assistance Publique-Hôpitaux de ParisUniversité Paris-Diderot, Sorbonne Paris-CitéParisFrance

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