Acta Neurochirurgica

, Volume 160, Issue 3, pp 597–601 | Cite as

How I do it – selective amygdalohippocampectomy via a navigated temporobasal approach, when veins forbid elevation of the temporal lobe

  • Daniel Delev
  • Johannes Schramm
  • Hans Clusmann
How I Do it - Neurosurgical Techniques



Selective amygdalohippocampectomy is an effective treatment option for mesial temporal lobe epilepsy associated with hippocampal sclerosis.


To describe and emphasize potential pitfalls during selective amygdalohippocampectomy via a modified navigated temporobasal approach, in cases, where temporal basal veins hinder the required elevation of the temporal lobe.


Selective amygdalohippocampectomy via navigated temporobasal approach is a safe procedure that can reduce the rate of visual field deficits by avoiding damage of optic radiation. The option of a small subpial corticotomy of the inferior temporal gyrus allows sufficient elevation of the temporal lobe in cases with difficult basal venous anatomy.


Selective amygdalohippocampectomy Subtemporal Temporobasal Veins Epilepsy Hippocampal sclerosis 



We thank Dr. Christian Scheiwe for providing the video.

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Supplementary material


The video shows the surgical technique of performing a selective amygdalohippocampectomy on the right via temporobasal approach in a case, where the basal veins hinder the retraction of the temporal lobe. In order to do that, a small corticotomy is performed on the more lateral and inferior aspect of the inferior temporal gyrus. Thus, the veins remain attached to the temporal base and the temporal horn can be reached slightly upward. Upon entering the ventricle, the amygdalum is resected. After that an en block removal of the right hippocampus is performed. (MP4 295,316 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity Medical CenterFreiburgGermany
  2. 2.Medical FacultyUniversity of Bonn, University Medical CenterBonnGermany
  3. 3.Department of NeurosurgeryRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany

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