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Microsurgical resection of skull base meningioma—expanding the operative corridor

Abstract

A better understanding of surgical anatomy, marked improvement in illumination devices, provision of improved hemostatic agents, greater availability of more precise surgical instruments, and better modalities for skull base reconstruction have led to an inevitable evolution of skull base neurosurgery. For the past few decades, many skull base neurosurgeons have worked relentlessly to improve the surgical approach and trajectory for the expansion of operative corridor. With the advent of newer techniques and their rapid adaptation, it is foundational, especially for young neurosurgeons, to understand the basics and nuances of modifications of traditional neurosurgical approaches. The goal of this topic review is to discuss the evolution of, concepts in, and technical nuances regarding the operative corridor expansion in the field of skull base surgery for intracranial meningioma as they pertain to achieving optimal functional outcome.

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Acknowledgments

We thank Kristin Kraus, MSc, our medical editor, for her contribution to manuscript editing; and Vance Mortimer, our video editor, for his contribution to editing operative videos.

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Correspondence to William T. Couldwell.

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Video 1. Right fronto-orbital craniotomy for resection of trigeminal schwannoma. (MP4 26427 KB)

Video 1. Right fronto-orbital craniotomy for resection of trigeminal schwannoma. (MP4 26427 KB)

Video 2. Right trans-cochlear parapetrosal approach for excision of large sphenopetroclival meningioma. (MP4 25079 KB)

Video 2. Right trans-cochlear parapetrosal approach for excision of large sphenopetroclival meningioma. (MP4 25079 KB)

Video 3. Right far-lateral craniotomy for resection of foramen magnum meningioma. (MP4 26522 KB)

Video 3. Right far-lateral craniotomy for resection of foramen magnum meningioma. (MP4 26522 KB)

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Raheja, A., Couldwell, W.T. Microsurgical resection of skull base meningioma—expanding the operative corridor. J Neurooncol 130, 263–267 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11060-016-2197-7

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Keywords

  • Skull base
  • Meningioma
  • Operative corridor
  • Technical nuances